“It is with heavy hearts that we confirm that we have just lost Cameron. The world has undoubtedly lost one of its most beautiful lights. But his soul will live on through those who knew and loved him. On July 7, 2019, the news channel ABC News announced the sad news: Cameron Boyce, one of the emblematic faces of the Disney stable, died. It was a relative of the young man who confirmed it to ABC. In a statement sent to “People” magazine a few days after his death, the actor’s family provides some details on the circumstances of his death. The ‘Jessie’ star passed away in his sleep following a stroke while undergoing treatment for a chronic illness. »
A fragile heart
This disease is epilepsy. “On July 8, an autopsy was performed and cause and manner and death were deferred. After additional tests that the cause of death is based on a sudden and unexpected death linked to epilepsy, “said the doctors before specifying that the young man had already had several” major epileptic seizures “a few months later. interval, which undoubtedly had the effect of weakening his heart. That year, the Cameron Boyce Foundation was created to fund research, education and awareness campaigns, while supporting other causes, causes that were important to the talented boy. “The foundation honors Cameron’s legacy in working to cure epilepsy.” A sentence heavy with meaning, written on the home page of the association’s website.
A true philanthropist
Dove Cameron’s friend was invested in various humanitarian actions, he deeply loved giving. At the time of his death, he had just received the Pioneering Spirit Award at the 9th edition of the Third Gala. He had managed to collect nearly 30,000 dollars for the construction of wells in Swaziland, aimed at providing drinking water to the local population. In an interview with “Haute Living” in May 2019, the so-called philanthropist explained how important it is to give back: “There is a long line of difference makers in my family. I follow in the footsteps of truly strong men and women who showed me what it means to give back. It’s the best way to come true. Every time I talk to someone who shares this similar passion, we talk about the fact that there aren’t many more euphoric feelings. Changing someone else’s life positively changes yours. »
His grandmother was Jo Ann Boyce
This innate activism comes from his entourage, his ancestors. His grandmother, Jo Ann Boyce was one of the famous Clinton 12s. The Clinton 12s were a group of twelve African-American students who entered the previously all-white Clinton High School in Tennessee. These students were the first to participate in the desegregation of public schools in the South. These young people have been subjected to discrimination and violence, so that of the original twelve, only two students in the group will eventually graduate. About his grandmother, Cameron Boyce confided: “She is an integral part of who I am. Being African American and Jewish, I have many ancestors and family members that I can rely on, and who teach me to be grateful for life. »
The young actor was particularly evolved and reflected on the world around him, he was an “old soul”. In any case, this is what he had explained to “Haute Living”: “My parents and I were traveling when I was very young. A lady stopped my father and told him that I was an “old soul”. Why she said that or how she came to that conclusion, I have no idea. But I think that describes me pretty well now. But that’s a much easier conclusion to draw now than it would have been then. »
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Allow people to “give back”
During his lifetime, Cameron Boyce wanted to move the lines, but above all to help his neighbor: “Many people are keen to “give back”, but many do not know how to do it. I try to be the bridge for these people. Whether it’s involving them in one of my campaigns or showing them how to involve others. »
Today, his entourage continues to pay tribute to him by investing in many projects. To honor comedy, Debby Ryan, for example, designed a collection of clothing to benefit the foundation bearing the name of her former friend.
Cameron Boyce was known worldwide, because of his roles in the series “Jessie”, or in the various parts of the TV movie “Descendants”. But the battles they fought were unknown to the general public. Comedian Adam Sandler wrote about him, after learning of his death: “Too young. Too soft. Too funny. The nicest, the most talented, the bravest of the kids. I loved this kid. He loved his family. He cared so much about the world. Thank you, Cameron, for everything you’ve given us. You could have given us so much more. »