Dove Cameron Posts Emotional Tribute to Cameron Boyce: ‘What a Gift You Were’

The news of Cameron Boyce’s sudden death at age 20 left his fans and co-stars devastated. His Jessie co-star Debby Ryan posted a touching tribute to Boyce using footage from an inspirational speech he gave in 2018. Now his Descendants’ co-star Dove Cameron is breaking her silence in an emotional video she posted on Instagram.

Cameron Boyce and Dove Cameron touching tribute following death of Descendants co-star
Cameron Boyce and Dove Cameron | Jerod Harris/Getty Images

Dove Cameron hesitated in posting the tribute

The actress started her video by explaining how difficult it was to share her thoughts with the world, noting: “I felt really weird about posting about Cameron on social media because I felt really emotional and private and intimate, and social media is the opposite of that. And I just couldn’t quite reconcile the two, or make them fit, so I didn’t know what I was going to do.”

Ultimately, she decided that she wanted to express herself in this format, noting, “But, I just got back from therapy and I’ve decided that I think… the only way to get through it right now is… I think we all need to just, if we want to, be expressive and connective, so I wrote something that I’m going to try to read.”

She shared her emotional letter to Boyce

Cameron read a letter she had written about Boyce’s passing, first noting: “The last 72 hours have felt like two weeks and I’ve spent them trying to make my thoughts and feelings into words that might communicate about anything I’m feeling. I’ve been unsuccessful.”

She continued: “Thinking about trying to summarize something where there are no adequate words in the English language has made me ill and dizzy and I’ve been mostly quiet or expressive through crying. I’ve never stuttered or been unable to speak before these last few days. My system is still in shock and my brain is still foggy and full of holes, but I’m going to try to write.”

Cameron then addressed the late actor’s family, sharing: “To Victor and Libby and Maya: you’re all I can think about. My heart aches for you. I’m broken for you. I have close to nothing left, which tells me some small percentage about how you must be feeling. I’m so sorry. And I will never know have enough words for the pain I feel and for the love and space in my heart I hold for you.”

‘Cameron was magic’

Her praise of Boyce followed, as she shared: “Cameron was one of my favorite people alive in the world. Though I know that’s not unique to me, Cameron was magic — an earth angel. Over the last six years, since he was only 14, Cameron talked me down from countless ledges, talked me through eating disorders, helped me out of a dark relationship, and through endless breakdowns.”

She continued: “He would whisper the dance moves to me on live television when I didn’t know what I was doing or hold my hand quietly to communicate wordlessly when we both knew we were thinking the same thing. I can’t count on my hands the number of times we ruined something because we couldn’t stop making each other laugh.”

The actress then spoke of Boyce’s character, noting: “Everyone keeps talking about how talented he was and he was undoubtedly the most talented person most of us will ever know, but what was special about Cameron was who he was in the small moments when maybe no one was looking. The moments in between the big ones when he didn’t have to be good or kind. Cameron was always good and kind. He was selfless and generous. He was magnanimous. And arguably a true philanthropist at only 20. Beloved by anyone who had ever been lucky enough to experience his light and his indescribable energy. Cameron was the ultimate example of a human being.”

She ended her letter by saying: “Goodbye, my dear, dear friend and brother. You leave behind a colossal wake, a profound chasm that can never be filled. But you also leave millions and millions of deeply impacted hope-filled and love-filled human beings who are who they are because of you and how you spent your brief 20 years on this earth.”

Cameron concluded: “What a gift you were; you turned the world on its head. We can all only hope to be half of the human that you were and you deserved so much more time. Goodbye to an earth angel. I will spend the rest of my life missing and loving you. I’m all the better for knowing you.”