After her brother and Disney star, Cameron Boyce, passed away at the age of 20, Maya Boyce is opening up about her feelings of loss.
Maya took to Instagram to share an emotional message about her late brother, who we lost too soon. Maya shared a series of photos of her brother as his best, along with photos of the two of them together over the years. In between those photos was her heartfelt letter.
“Yes, he died. Yes, I’m sad,” Maya began. “Cameron was my best friend. He is someone I will always idolize. His smile could light up a room, unlike anyone else’s. He was perfect. He always said that if you have a voice, you have the privilege of using that voice for change, and he did not take that idea lightly. He understood his responsibility as someone so many kids would look up to.”
“Cameron always went out of his way to be giving and kind. He did more with his 20 years of life, than most people ever could with 100 years. He was actively charitable. He traveled the world. He made creativity and art his life’s mission, and he encouraged others to do the same,” she added
She concluded with, “Of course, I am devastated. I will be for the rest of my life. But what I’m holding onto, and what I encourage you to hold onto as well, is the memory of his endless optimism. He was sunlight wearing shoes. I can confidently say, he wants us to celebrate, grow, and persevere. Yes, he died. Yes, I’m sad. I’m also happy. And grateful. I was with him hours before he died. It was normal and fun. We said, ‘I love you.’ He was happy,” Maya concluded. “I spent 17 years knowing what it was like to be loved by Cameron Boyce. That is the most beautiful gift I have ever received.”
Cameron, most known for his role as Luke on the sitcom Jessie and his role as Carlos in The Descendants, passed away at the age of 20. He died in his sleep from a seizure that was related to an ongoing medical condition. His family later revealed that Cameron suffered from epilepsy.
Our hearts go out to Maya and the Boyce family on their difficult loss.