DISNEY star Cameron Boyce has died aged 20.
The actor, who starred in kids’ comedy series Jessie and the film Grown Ups, died in his sleep last night.
The actor passed away after suffering a seizure as a result of an ongoing but undisclosed medical problem, his family confirmed.
A family spokesman said: “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.”
After making his film debut as a nine-year-old in horror film Mirrors, shortly followed by Shia LaBeouf thriller Eagle Eye, Boyce shot to fame in the Disney Channel kids TV show, Jessie.
He played Luke Ross in the comedy, based around a nanny who looks after a family in New York, which ran for four seasons and 98 episodes.
Boyce, from Los Angeles, also starred in an animated versions of Marvel’s Spider-Man before starring as Carlos De Vil in the Disney movie franchise the Descendants
TV movie series focused on the teenage children of Disney baddies Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Jafar, and Cruella De Vil.
However, arguably one of his best-known roles was in the comedy film Grown Ups where he played Keithie Feder, son of Adam Sandler’s character Leonard Feder.
He also reprised his role for the sequel, Grown Ups 2.
A Disney Channel spokesman described Boyce as an “incredibly talented performer”.
They said: “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.”
Boyce was born in May 1999 and grew up with his parents Victor and Libby Boyce and sister Maya, who is also an actor.
Of mixed race, he spoke of his Jewish roots through his mother’s side and also made a short film for black history month in 2016 addressing his grandmother’s role in the famed ‘Clinton 12’.
Jo Ann Boyce was one of 12 black pupils who entered Clinton High School in Tennessee after a US Supreme Court ruling banning segregation on racial grounds in 1954.
The violent protests that followed led to the National Guard being called in to keep the peace and was a turning point in the battle for equality in Southern US states.
In 2017, he told Teen Vogue: “There’s a lot of people in Hollywood who don’t look like me or don’t have similar features like me.
“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. It’s very important for people not only see in Hollywood and feel represented but also sort of even the playing field a bit.”
He got his first break in the music video for US rock band Panic! At The Disco’s single That Green Gentleman (Things Have Changed) in 2008, aged eight.
His TV career began in earnest later that year with his recurring role in General Hospital: Night Shift.
Film work then followed in the same year, all while he was aged just nine years old.
Child star Boyce, who had reported $5million fortune, shared a black and white snap to his 8.5million Instagram followers just a day before he died.
Fans have now flocked to social media to share tributes to the young actor.
One wrote: “Fly high beautiful angel, we love you always.”