CAMERON Boyce’s devastated sister has paid touching tribute to her late brother, describing him as “sunlight wearing shoes”.
The tragic Disney star passed away at the weekend following an epileptic seizure, aged 20.
Taking to her Instagram page, Cameron’s sister Maya shared a series of photos of her famous brother alongside a heartfelt message.
She wrote: “Yes, he died. Yes, I’m sad. Cameron was my best friend. He is someone I will always idolise. 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 wants 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.”
She continued: “Of course, I am devastated. I will be for the rest of my life. But what I am holding onto, and what I encourage you to hold onto as well, is the memory of his endless optimism.
“He was sunlight wearing shoes.”
Maya, 17, then went on to reveal that she was with Cameron on the night of his death, and that she is “grateful” to have spent that time with him.
She wrote: “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.
“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.”
The first photo shown in Maya’s touching tribute was one of the star seemingly flying through the air in a poignant black and white snap.
Others included ones of Cameron performing, as well as touching throwback pictures to his and Maya’s childhood.
In one cheeky photo, a young Cameron is grinning as he balances a spoon on his nose in a restaurant, with another showing Cameron as a pre-teen with his arm protectively around his little sister.
The tribute comes as Disney announced that they are cancelling the red carpet premiere of his TV show, Descendants 3, which was scheduled for 22 July.
Instead, the company said that they will be making a donation to Thirst Project, a charity that is dedicated to bringing safe drinking water to communities around the world, which the star was “deeply committed” to.
Yesterday, it was confirmed that the actor was battling epilepsy before he died.
A spokesman for his devastated family told ABC News: “Cameron’s tragic passing was due to a seizure as a result of an ongoing medical condition, and that condition was epilepsy.
“We are still trying to navigate our way through this extremely heart wrenching time, and continue to ask for privacy so that the family, and all who knew and loved him can grieve his loss and make arrangements for his funeral – which in and of itself, is agonising.”
Cameron’s dad described his death as a “nightmare he can’t wake up from” after breaking his silence earlier this week.
The star was found unresponsive by his roommate on Saturday morning, with paramedics pronouncing him dead at the scene after they failed to revive him.
Announcing his death, a rep for his family said at the time: “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.”
After making his film debut as a nine-year-old in horror film Mirrors, shortly followed by Shia LaBeouf thriller Eagle Eye, Cameron shot to fame in the Disney Channel TV show Jessie at the age of 11.
He played Luke Ross in the comedy, based around a nanny who looks after a family in New York, which ran for four seasons and 98 episodes between 2011 and 2015.
The star, from Los Angeles, also appeared in an animated versions of Marvel’s Spider-Man before starring as Carlos De Vil in the Disney movie franchise the Descendants.
However, arguably one of his best-known roles was in the comedy film Grown Ups where he played Keithie Feder, son of Adam Sandler’s character Leonard Feder.
He also reprised his role for the sequel, Grown Ups 2.
Hollywood star Sandler paid tribute to the young boy, saying: “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.”
A Disney Channel spokesman described Cameron as an “incredibly talented performer”.
They said: “From a young age, Cameron Boyce dreamed of sharing his extraordinary artistic talents with the world.
“As a young man, he was fuelled by a strong 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.
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“We offer our deepest condolences to his family, cast mates and colleagues and join his many millions of fans in grieving his untimely passing. He will be dearly missed.”
Cameron was born in May 1999 and grew up with his parents Victor and Libby Boyce and sister Maya, who is also an actor.
Of mixed race, he spoke of his Jewish roots through his mother’s side and also made a short film for black history month in 2016 addressing his grandmother’s role in the famed ‘Clinton 12’.
Jo Ann Boyce was one of 12 black pupils who entered Clinton High School in Tennessee after a US Supreme Court ruling banning segregation on racial grounds in 1954.
Fans have been left devastated by his shock death, flocking to social media to pay tribute to the star.
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