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The family of actor Cameron Boyce has revealed that the Sydney Channel star died of a seizure caused by epilepsy. The 20-year-old actor died at his home in Los Angeles on Saturday, according to his spokesperson.
In a statement, Boyce’s family said he had “passed away in his sleep due to a seizure that was a result of an ongoing medical condition for which he was being treated”.
On Tuesday night, the family said Boyce’s “tragic passing was due to a seizure as a result of an ongoing medical condition, and that condition was epilepsy”.
The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner announced that an autopsy had been performed, and that “a cause of death was deferred pending further investigation”.
Boyce was best known for his role as Carlos de Vil, the teenage son of Cruella de Vil in the Disney Channel franchise Descendants. According to his bio on the Disney Channel, Boyce was born and raised in Los Angeles.
He was a dancer who got his acting start in commercials, then television and film.
The star starred alongside Adam Sandler in Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2, and his other film credits include Mirrors, Eagle Eye and the indie feature Runt. He also starred in the upcoming HBO series Mrs Fletcher.
His spokesperson said Boyce was also a philanthropist who used his celebrity to advocate for those without a voice, including the homeless.
Last year, he was honoured for his work with the Thirst Project, bringing awareness to the global water crisis and raising more than $30,000 for the organisation to build two wells in Eswatini, formerly known as Swaziland, in efforts to bring clean drinking water to the region.
In 2017, he received a Daytime Emmy Award with Disney XD for his participation in the series Timeless Heroes – Be Inspired, in honour of Black History Month.
He appeared alongside his grandmother Jo Ann Boyce, one of 12 black teens known as the Clinton 12 who were the first to integrate into public school in Clinton, Tennessee, according to his Disney Channel biography.
A Disney Channel spokesperson released a statement saying that from a young age, Boyce dreamed of sharing his artistic talents with the world and was fuelled by a 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,” the statement said.
“We offer our deepest condolences to his family, castmates and colleagues and join his many millions of fans in grieving his untimely passing. He will be dearly missed,” the spokesperson said.