A host of moving tributes from late Disney star Cameron Boyce’s friends and former co-stars have arrived since his death on Saturday.
The 20-year-old’s sudden death was due to a seizure resulting from a persistent illness identified by his family as epilepsy.
Former first lady Michelle Obama shared a throwback with the “Descendants” and “Jessie” star — and wrote a heartfelt message about her character in an Instagram post Tuesday.
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“I was fortunate enough to share a few moments with Cameron Boyce – on set, at the White House and as part of a service project – enough time to recognize that not only was he incredibly talented, but also an incredible heart,” she wrote. .
“I send lots of love and hugs to his family, friends and many, many fans,” she added.
Obama guest starred on the Disney Channel show “Jessie” with Boyce in 2014.
Boyce shared the same photo of the couple in January 2018 in a birthday message to Obama. He wrote about his experiences with the former first lady in a lengthy caption.
“The one word that I think describes her best is TRUE,” Boyce wrote of Obama. He also shared some of his favorite moments with her.
“The first was when she was kind enough to come on our show Jessie,” he said.
“Our December set[orator] a man had walked behind her to curl balloon ribbons with a pair of scissors. Of course, the secret service men with her were between them in 0.5 seconds lol… to which she responded “Chillllllllll guys.” He’s just doing his job! »
Along with Obama, several of Boyce’s co-stars and close friends paid tribute to him on social media.
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Dove Cameron, who starred with Boyce in Disney’s “Descendants” films, posted a video message sharing special words about her friend.
“Over the past six years, when he was just 14, Cameron denigrated me on countless occasions, talked to me about eating disorders, helped me get out of a dark relationship and endless crises,” she shared, moved to tears. “He would whisper dance moves to me on live TV when I didn’t know what I was doing or gently hold my hand to communicate without a word when we both knew we were thinking the same thing.”
“Everyone keeps talking about how talented he is and he was without a doubt the most talented person most of us will ever know,” she continued. “But what was special about Cameron was who he was in the little moments when maybe no one was looking at him, the moments between the big ones, where he didn’t have to be good or nice. Cameron always been good and kind.”
Cameron was the ultimate example of a human being.
“He was magnanimous and undoubtedly a true philanthropist at just 20 years old, loved by all who were lucky enough to feel his light and indescribable energy,” she added. “Cameron was the ultimate example of a human being.”
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Skai Jackson, Boyce’s “Jessie” co-star, called him “one of a kind” in her post.
“I’m so happy I got to spend almost every day with you on set, you gave the best hugs,” she wrote. “I wish I had hugged you tighter when I saw you a few months ago.”
Jackson also shared a video of himself singing “I’ll Be There.”
It has been viewed more than 12 million times.