Actor Cameron Boyce’s family confirmed earlier today that he passed away in his sleep on July 6, 2019; he was 20 years old. As news of his sudden death spread, friends and past castmates took to social media to pay tribute to the young film and TV star, including Salma Hayek, who played his mother in Grown Ups 1 and 2.
Hayek took to Instagram to reflect on the shocking news of Cameron’s death, and share photos of herself and the actor with her 10.5 million followers. She shared three photos with Boyce in a series: two film stills from the Grown Ups movies where they met working, and one red carpet photo that the two took together in 2015.
In the caption, she wrote a touching tribute to her professional and personal relationships with Boyce: “I had the privilege to play Cameron’s mother in #grownups 1 and 2 and we stayed in touch through the years 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.”
One of Boyce’s first film roles was in the 2010 comedy Grown Ups. He starred as Keithie Feder, the son of Adam Sandler and Salma Hayek’s characters, a role he reprised in the film’s 2013 sequel Grown Ups 2. Jake Goldberg and Alexys Nycole Sanchez played his siblings, Greg and Becky.
Sandler paid tribute to his on-screen son with his own Instagram post earlier today. He shared a black and white photo of Boyce, writing “Too young. Too sweet. Too funny. 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. 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.”
In a statement earlier this morning, Boyce’s family confirmed to ABC News that he had passed away in his sleep as a result of an “ongoing medical condition.” The statement, in full, read “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.”
Following that sad announcement, Boyce’s friends and colleagues from his many different acting projects shared photos and memories with him as he mourned the tragic and unexpected loss. His Jessie co-star Skai Jackson was one of the first to pay tribute to him on social media, and his Descendants castmate and rumored ex-girlfriend Brenna D’Amico wrote “I don’t have the words right now. All I can say now is that Cameron had so much more to do and so much more to give. He was amazing in so many ways. I will miss him forever. My heart goes out to his mom, dad, sister and everyone who loved him so so much.”