Disney Channel star Cameron Boyce, 20, best known for his role on the network’s comedy show “Jessie,” died suddenly in his sleep after a seizure on Saturday, July 6.
“An autopsy was performed today and a cause of death was deferred pending further investigation,” the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner announced on July 8 in a press release.
The statement said Boyce was “found unresponsive in his home” on Saturday afternoon and pronounced dead on the scene after authorities were called.
On July 8, Boyce’s father, Victor Boyce, broke his silence on his son’s death.
“I’m overwhelmed with the love and support our family has received,” he wrote on Twitter, saying the public’s outpouring of support and prayers has helped to “ease the pain of this nightmare I can’t wake up from. I can’t thank you guys enough.”
“Jessie” aired on the Disney Channel from 2011 to 2015. Boyce also played a main role in the popular Disney TV movie series “Descendants,” about the teenage children of Disney villains, as the son of Cruella de Vil.
The offspring of a Jewish mother and an African-American father, Boyce spoke last May about his family’s history in his last interview.
His grandmother, Jo Ann Boyce, was one of “the Clinton 12,” part of the first group of black students to attend Clinton High School in Tennessee after the 1954 Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education.
Speaking about his grandmother, Boyce told Haute Living, “She’s a huge part of who I am. Being African-American and Jewish, I have plenty of ancestors and family members that I can look to for strength, and more importantly, for a grateful outlook on life. Every one of them clawed and scratched for my sister and I to be in the position we’re in today.”
Adam Sandler, who played Boyce’s father in the hit film “Grown Ups,” was one of the numerous friends and colleagues to share tributes to the young actor on social media.
“Too young. Too sweet. Too funny,” Sandler began on Twitter. “Just the nicest, most talented, and most decent kid around. Loved that kid. Cared so much about his family. Cared so much about the world. …
“So much more was on the way. All our hearts are broken. Thinking of your amazing family and sending our deepest condolences.”
On Instagram, Boyce talked in 2017 about going to the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam with his mother, Libby Boyce. “Hard to find words to describe the feeling of walking through the Secret Annex … and to be able to experience that with my Mom of Jewish descent. Simply put, thank you Anne Frank.”
In an interview with Raw in 2017, Boyce described himself as “a lot of different European. I know my grandfather is from the Caribbean. And my grandmother is … you know, I’m sure they both have lineage in Africa because I’m black. I like to say that I’m bl-ewish, I’m black and I’m Jewish. So you know, me and [rap star] Drake, we got that in common.”
Jmore staff members contributed to this article.