Disney star Cameron Boyce has died aged just 20, his family has sadly announced.
The cause of death of Cameron, who played Carlos in the Descendants, was announced as “an ongoing medical condition”.
A family spokesperson told ABC : “It is with a profoundly heavy heart that we report that this morning we lost Cameron.
“He passed away in his sleep due to a seizure which was a result of an ongoing medical condition for which he was being treated.
“The world is now undoubtedly without one of its brightest lights, but his spirit will live on through the kindness and compassion of all who knew and loved him.
“We are utterly heartbroken and ask for privacy during this immensely difficult time as we grieve the loss of our precious son and brother,” added his parents Libby and Victor Boyce and his actor sister Maya.
The actor made his home in Los Angeles, having recently moved in with friends, but it is unclear where he was when he died.
Cameron had launched his acting career at the age of nine, having appeared in the horror film Mirrors and the long-running TV series General Hospital, followed by a stint in the Adam Sandler movie Grown Ups as one of the Hollywood star’s onscreen children.
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His role as Luke Ross in the Disney TV series Jessie propelled him to fame, leading to Cameron finding his niche in the Descendants films.
He also voiced Jake in the animated series Jake And The Neverland Pirates and had a part in the Shia LaBeouf thriller Eagle Eye.
A Disney Channel spokesman said in a statement: “From a young age, Cameron Boyce dreamed of sharing his extraordinary artistic talents with the world.
“As a young man, he was fuelled by a strong desire to make a difference in peoples’ lives through his humanitarian work.
“He was an incredibly talented performer, a remarkably caring and thoughtful person and, above all else, he was a loving and dedicated son, brother, grandson and friend.
“We offer our deepest condolences to his family, cast mates and colleagues and join his many millions of fans in grieving his untimely passing. He will be dearly missed.”
Cameron was proud of his mixed race heritage and revealed in 2016 that his grandmother Jo Ann Boyce had been one of the pioneering Clinton 12 – a handful of students who made history by desegregating a state-supported high school in Tennessee in 1954.
Speaking to Teen Vogue in 2017, Cameron highlighted the problem with a lack of diversity in Hollywood.
“When it’s a lead [role], it’s very hard to come by. We sort of are working to change that. That is something that is important to everyone of colour, a minority,” he said.
“It’s very important for people not only see in Hollywood and feel represented but also sort of even the playing field a bit.”
In recent years, Cameron had dedicated himself to charity work, raising thousands of pounds to build wells for clean drinking water in Swaziland and even introducing presidential hopeful Joe Biden at his Biden Courage Awards in March this year.
The actor was set to star in HBO’s new show Mrs Fletcher alongside Kathryn Hahn, and had been filming for the TV spin-off of the film American Satan, Paradise City.
Just two months ago, Cameron gushed about how happy his life was in a poignant magazine interview.
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“Speaking with a lot of artists, one of the things all of us have in common is we’re all our own biggest critics,” he told Haute Living in May.
“I find comfort in that. I know that everyone else sees my work in a light differently than how I see it.
“They’re not picking apart every little habit and twitch and imperfection nearly as thoroughly as I am.
“So often times naysayers aren’t as hard on me as myself. It also helps when you can decipher a naysayer and a hater. A hater should always be white noise.”
Cameron’s third Descendants film was scheduled for release in the US on August 2.
Disney is yet to confirm whether this will still go ahead after the tragic news.