Family and friends of Cameron Boyce paid tribute to the late actor on Friday. The day that what would have been his 22nd birthday.
The Descendants star was 20 when he died suddenly on July 6, 2019. He suffered a seizure in his sleep due to epilepsy, three years after he was diagnosed with the disorder.
Libby and Victor Boyce, Cameron’s parents, both adored their son with emotional social media posts.
Cameron would have been 22 today, Victor wrote on his Instagram handle, featuring a childhood photo of him and his late son. This is the way I will always remember him. So happy, so full of love for his family and buddies.
“I miss him more than words can describe and I dream about him often,” Victor continued. “His beautiful spirit lives on through all the people that love him and continue to support us as a family. For that, I am eternally grateful.
Libby, meanwhile, rationed a smiling photo of her son alongside the quote, Changing someone else’s life positively will change yours for the better as well.
Dove Cameron, who costarred with Cameron in Descendants, put an emotional post, captioning a gallery of videos of the two.
I will love you like this forever, stuck in time, always in the back of the van with you, she wrote in part. You still bring me to laugh like no one else. I have never been so sure that I can still feel the affection of your cheek on mine, on my laughing lips as I fall over you, casual and clumsy Tuesday morning, you are my family, we are kids like this.
I’ll never understand and my headaches most days so I try to lay down the burden of making sense of it, the 25-year-old actress added. But I hold your body in mine forever, everywhere I go, I hold you, I carry you lovingly, willingly. I am lucky for this. We are all better for it.
Also on Friday, Entertainment Weekly shared an exclusive video of Cameron’s final on-camera interview, in which he opened up to his Paradise City costar Matt Pinfield about the impact his grandmother, Jo Ann Boyce, has had on his life.
Ann, 91, is a part of the American record as one of the members of the Clinton Twelve, a group of Black students who were first to attend an integrated high school in the South back in 1956.
We talk about it constantly, Cameron said. It was not that long ago that this all-white high school in the south in Clinton, Tennessee, was desegregated by my grandmother who is still active and in her 70s and still going, and will be for a long time. It just gives you this perspective of how close that is. It wasn’t that long ago.
I think the best thing about her is that she’s one of the gladdest people I’ve ever met. She could be bitter about the way things went and not talk about it. But all she wants to do is scatter love and positivity. White people from the south who were not very happy that she was there initially have reacted out to her on Facebook and apologized. And she’s so quick to forgive the amazing story… she’s a living legend.
Cameron Boyce Foundation
Since his death, Cameron’s family initiated Cameron Boyce Foundation outlets. This gives alternatives to violence and negativity and uses resources and charity for positive change in the world.
The foundation captioned Cameron’s 22nd birthday with its annual charity event, selling T-shirts, hoodies, and a jean jacket. It was designed by actress and his Descendants costar Sofia Carson.