Jesse McCartney Posts Heartfelt Goodbye to Former Band Member Chris Trousdale After Coronavirus Death

Since February 2020, the United States has been grappling with the effects of COVID-19, a novel coronavirus that has swept the entire world and left scientists with little knowledge of exactly how it works. And various celebrities have been diagnosed as well.

Though most people who die from coronavirus are over age 65 or have underlying health conditions, the disease recently took the life of 34-year-old Chris Trousdale, former band member of the early 2000s boy band Dream Street — and his former bandmate, Jesse McCartney, recently posted a heartfelt message to say goodbye.

Dream Street in 2002
Jesse McCartney, center, and Chris Trousdale, directly to the right of him, perform in their boy band Dream Street in 2002. | John Atashian/Getty Images

Dream Street was a pop boy band that rose to fame in the early 2000s

Dream Street never saw the immense fame other boy bands such as Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC did, but they still had a few hits that shot them to fame among teenyboppers all over the United States.

The band’s fame was pretty short-lived; it consisted of members Jesse McCartney, Greg Raposo, Matt Ballinger, Frankie Galasso, and Chris Trousdale. The boys were hardly teenagers, aged 11-14, when they signed a deal to create the group. Their most popular hits were “Sugar Rush” and “It Happens Every Time,” but they were released from their contracts in 2002 after their parents alleged they were exposed to “booze, women, and pornography.”

The band pushed Jessie McCartney to further stardom

Though most of the band’s members aren’t well-known by name, Jesse McCartney went on to make quite a career for himself. He released solo songs including “Beautiful Soul” and “Body Language,” and he appeared in various television shows and movies. McCartney also starred in the show “Summerland” alongside Lori Loughlin, though the show only lasted two seasons.

These days, McCartney is still making music, and he is by far the most well-known band member. But Chris Trousdale was the heartthrob of the group.

McCartney recently posted a heartfelt message to bandmate Chris Trousdale

On June 2, Trousdale’s family announced that he had passed away due to complications from an “undisclosed illness.” However, it has since been learned that Trousdale died from COVID-19 complications. He was only 34, and there has not been word about any underlying conditions.

McCartney posted a long message about Trousdale to his Instagram account, noting that the two had lost touch but that he often thinks of their fond memories as bandmates.

“Chris had an explosively charming personality with boundless amounts of talent,” McCartney wrote. “We were young kids with budding talent who shared an overwhelming love for music and performing… I truly envied him as a performer.”

Several other well-known entertainers have passed from COVID-19 complications

Trousdale isn’t the only person in the entertainment industry to die from the coronavirus, though he was certainly younger than most. Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally died; he was 81. Grammy-winning country artist Joe Diffie passed away as well, along with Fountains of Wayne singer Adam Schlesinger, who was 52.

Tom Hanks, Idris Elba, and Prince Charles are among other public figures who were diagnosed with the virus but survived. Trousdale’s death is an important reminder that age doesn’t entirely dictate how the body will respond to the virus.