The family of Cameron Boyce confirmed to news outlets that he officially died of a seizure caused by epilepsy.
“Cameron’s tragic passing was due to a seizure as a result of an ongoing medical condition, and that condition was epilepsy,” a spokesperson for the family told E! News on July 9.
“We are still trying to navigate our way through this extremely heart-wrenching time, and continue to ask for privacy so that the family, and all who knew and loved him can grieve his loss and make arrangements for his funeral—which in and of itself, is agonizing,” the family also said.
Boyce died Saturday at his California home, and a family spokesperson later told ABC News that he died “in his sleep due to a seizure” and was “a result of an ongoing medical condition for which he was being treated.” It didn’t mention epilepsy, but a report from TMZ said he had epilepsy without citing his family as a source.
In a previous statement, Boyce’s family expressed their sorrow after the actor died at age 20.
“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,” said his family. “We are utterly heartbroken and ask for privacy during this immensely difficult time as we grieve the loss of our precious son and brother.”
The actor’s father, Victor, offered a few words in the wake of his son’s death.
“I’m overwhelmed with the love and support our family has received,” he tweeted on Monday. “It really does help to ease the pain of this nightmare I can’t wake up from. I can’t thank you guys enough.”
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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. 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 . #CameronBoyce
Boyce appeared in a number of Disney shows but also appeared in “Grown Ups” and “Grown Ups 2” alongside Adam Sandler.
“Too young. Too sweet. Too funny. Just the nicest, most talented, and most decent kid around,” Sandler wrote on Twitter Sunday “Loved that kid. Cared so much about his family. Cared so much about the world. Thank you, Cameron, for all you gave to us. So much more was on the way. All our hearts are broken. Thinking of your amazing family and sending our deepest condolences.”
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some people run the risk of “Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP),” adding that “most, but not all, cases of SUDEP occur during or immediately after a seizure. The exact cause is not known.”
Risk factors include frequent or uncontrolled seizures, seizures that start at a young age, many years living with epilepsy, missed medicine doses, and more, the agency says.