Mourning the loss of an extraordinary costar and friend. Celebrities including
and Adam Sandler Charles Esten took to social media on Sunday, July 7, to share in memoriam tributes in honor of Disney Channel star Cameron Boyce after he died at age 20.
“Too young. Too Sweet. Too Funny,” Sandler, who starred as Boyce’s onscreen dad in the
Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2 films, began a Twitter post. “Just the nicest, most decent kid around. Loved that kid. Cared so much about his family. Cared so much about the world. Thank you, Cameron, for all you gave to us.”
Esten — who appeared on
Jessie as Boyce’s character’s dad — shared his heartbreak in a series of emotional tweets.
“My family and I are devastated today, by the loss of our young and amazing friend, Cameron Boyce. Years before I was blessed to play his father on JESSIE, we were blessed to know him and his wonderful family at the elementary school our kids all attended together,” the
Nashville alum began.
Esten added: “It was there we were introduced to his endless talent, kindness, and joy for living. At his very 1st talent show, little Cameron’s dancing lit up the stage, and left everyone on their feet, cheering . It was clear to all that he was destined to be the star he would soon become. And yet, Cameron never carried himself with anything but kindness, humility, effortless grace, and great humor. Even as his star ascended with JESSIE, and he began to receive the type of fame that can change people, I never saw that change. Not even a little.”
News of Boyce’s death came on Saturday, July 6, in a statement from a spokesperson on behalf of the actor’s family.
“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 statement read. “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.”
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The former First Lady took to her Instagram page to recount the multiple times she met the late Disney star. “I was lucky enough to share a few moments with Cameron Boyce over the years—on set, at the White House, and on a service project,” she wrote. “Enough time to recognize that not only did he have incredible talent, but also an incredible heart.”
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Boy Meets World alum wrote an extensive Instagram post dedicated to Boyce on July 9. “You are something extraordinarily special Cam. I cannot grasp what a world without you looks like yet, nor do I want to,” the former Disney star shared, captioning a snap of the duo together. “Nothing I can write will feel right, or pay enough tribute to how incredible you actually are, but all I know is I am so beyond lucky to have known you and eternally grateful for the times you and I shared together.”
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Jessie actress paid tribute to Boyce by sharing two videos of him using his platform to inspire. “It’s crazy, we can tweet whenever we want and we can use social media and Instagram and make the world a better place,” the late actor said in one clip posted to her Instagram Stories.“Instead of a worse one, which so many people use it for.”
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“I had the privilege to play Cameron’s mother in #grownups 1 and 2 and we stayed in touch through the years,” the actress penned on Instagram alongside a series of throwback photos. “He was spirited, talented, kind, generous, funny and a shining light. His joy will live in our hearts forever as he goes on dancing and shining elsewhere. My heart goes to his lovely family. @thecameronboyce.”
The fellow Disney Channel star simply shared a photo of Boyce with the black heart emoji.
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Grown Ups costar revealed he found out the news by reading Adam Sandler’s Instagram tribute, he reacted in an emotional Instagram Story hours later. “Just wanted to say I was shocked as all of us were by Cameron’s passing,” he wrote. “I know I joke a lot, but this was a tough one. Sweetest kid. So polite and full of talent and energy. Not sure what to say other than I was thinking about it. Goodnite everyone. #RIP Cameron.”
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Grown Ups actor took to the comments section of Sandler’s post and wrote: “Cameron was simply the nicest boy I ever met.”
“Absolutely heartbreaking,” the
Greatest Showman actress shared in an Instagram Story. “My heart goes out to his friends and family.”
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Jessie costar penned a sweet message on Instagram. “My condolences to the Boyce family,” he wrote. “He was a light that made many lives brighter. I’m very saddened by his passing. RIP Cameron.”
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“So much more was on the way,” Sandler continued in his tribute. “All our hearts are broken. Thinking of your amazing family and sending our deepest condolences.”
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“I don’t even know where to start… I am at a loss for words. I never thought in a million years I would be writing this,” Boyce’s
Jessie costar captioned a handful of pictures from the set of the Disney show on Instagram. “Cam, you were one of a kind. My heart will be forever broken. I am so happy that I got to spend almost everyday with you on set, you gave the best hugs. I wish I would have hugged you tighter when I saw you a couple of months ago. Thank you so much for being the big brother I never had… I am so distraught and I cannot stop crying! I love you so much… fly high ?? ?? Gods best Angel.”
Ortega, who directed Boyce in the
Descendants films, wrote: “Peter Pan, The forever boy! Love you Cam!”
“It was a joy to work with him on
JESSIE, as it was with all the wonderful young stars of that beloved show. They were as close as actual brothers and sisters to one another, and still are, and my heart breaks for them today,” the Pittsburgh native continued in his Twitter thread. “Our love and heartfelt prayers go out to them, and most especially, to the Boyce family. Your Cameron was a blessing to us, as he was to so many others in this world. May you feel the breadth of love being poured out for him today, and may God comfort you as you mourn.”
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The “Trigger” songstress tweeted: “Me and my daughter are big fans of ‘
jessie‘ and ‘ descendants‘ rest peacefully Cameron.”
“Love you Cam,” the
Dancing With the Stars alum tweeted alongside two pictures of himself with Boyce. “Your laughter, compassion and heart for humanity will be forever missed. We are all better for knowing you and your love.”
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“Rest in Peace,” the YouTuber wrote in the comments section of Boyce’s last Instagram post.
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Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn star took the opportunity to share a personal story about how Boyce positively affected his life. “I met you twice and both times you were such a honest modest person with the most ambition to help others with your platform, and you did. One of the very few honest people in show business,” Coronel wrote on Instagram. “He left a legacy behind. One love to your family. God has other plans for you. Rest in peace.”
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“RIP,” the “Sweatshirt” singer wrote with the broken heart and prayer hand emojis.
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“Heartbroken. Lost for words. I had known Cameron Boyce for many years. He was always polite. Always respectful and always a class act. In fact I was going to message him a couple weeks ago to tell him that I wanted to be in each other’s lives more,” the
Wizards of Waverly Place alum tweeted. “Now I wish I had sent that message. Just so he personally knew how highly I thought of him and how much admiration I had for him. My heart goes out to his family & his close friends. Cameron, you were and still are a star. May god bless you in heaven. You will be missed down here.”
The youngest son of
David and Victoria Beckham added in the comments section: “Wow this is truly heartbreaking. Rest in Peace brother.”
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