Cameron Boyce, who acted in ‘Grown Ups’ and on Disney Channel, dies at 20

Cameron Boyce had a role in Disney’s “Descendants.”
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Cameron Boyce had a role in Disney’s “Descendants.”

NEW YORK — Actor Cameron Boyce, best known for his role as the teenage son of Cruella de Vil in the Disney Channel franchise ‘‘Descendants,’’ has died. He was 20 years old.

Mr. Boyce, who played Carlos De Vil in the ‘‘Descendants’’ movies, died Saturday at his home in Los Angeles, according to his spokesperson.

An official cause of death has not been announced, but his family released a statement Sunday saying he ‘‘passed away in his sleep due to a seizure that 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,’’ the statement said.

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According to his bio on the Disney Channel, Mr. Boyce was born and raised in Los Angeles. He was a dancer who got his acting start in commercials. Mr. Boyce starred alongside Adam Sandler in ‘‘Grown Ups’’ and ‘‘Grown Ups 2.’’ He also starred in the upcoming HBO series ‘‘Mrs. Fletcher.’’

‘‘Descendants 3’’ is scheduled for release in August.

His spokesperson said Mr. Boyce advocated for those without a voice, including the homeless. Last year, he was honored for his work with the Thirst Project, bringing awareness to the global water crisis and raising more than $30,000 for the organization to build two wells in 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 honor 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, Tenn., according to his Disney Channel biography.


A Disney Channel spokesperson released a statement saying Mr. Boyce dreamed of sharing his artistic talents with the world and was fueled 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.

On Sunday, Sandler tweeted: ‘‘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.’’