Descendants 3 star Cameron Boyce’s sudden death earlier this month rocked his family, fans, and co-stars’ worlds, with tributes and kind words pouring in following his passing. Boyce’s final Descendants 3 interview has been released and his words about acceptance show what a remarkable person he was.
Boyce died in his sleep
Boyce passed away in his sleep after suffering an epileptic seizure. At the time of his death, his family released a statement that shared the devastating loss: “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 statement continued: “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.”
Descendants 3 airs on August 2
Ahead of the Descendants 3 premiere on the Disney Channel on August 2, it was expected that the stars of the film would do press to promote the latest sequel in the popular series. The red carpet premiere was canceled following Boyce’s death, with a statement from the Disney Channel noting: “We’re proud to be part of Cameron Boyce’s legacy by showcasing his talents on screen, but we are cancelling the red carpet premiere event for Descendants 3 (scheduled for July 22).”
The statement continued: “And instead, The Walt Disney Company will make a donation to the Thirst Project, a philanthropic organization to which Cameron was deeply committed… With permission from the Boyce family, Disney Channel will dedicate the telecast of Descendants 3 in Cameron Boyce’s memory.”
Boyce played the role of Cruella de Vil’s son, Carlos, in the Descendants movies.
Disney released his final interview
Disney released footage from Boyce’s final interview for Descendants 3, in which he talked about acceptance. He shared in the interview, published by Entertainment Tonight: “Going back to the first movie, it was very much we have labels and we have designated places for these people that we have placed labels on. And very quickly learn that once you take a label off of someone and let them thrive in whatever environment that they’re in, you can see the best come out of someone.”
He continued: “To be able to tell a story in which we say, ‘It doesn’t matter where you come from, it doesn’t matter who you — we are going to accept you for who you are,’ — that’s when people really start to take in their surroundings and just go free, you know. There are a lot of people who are initially placed as bad. ‘That person’s bad, that person’s this and that.’ But it’s the old adage: ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover.’ Let someone really be who they are. And it’s a cool thing that we tell.”