Cameron Boyce fans call out disgusting new challenge which makes fun of his death

15 July 2019, 12:58 | Updated: 15 July 2019, 13:49

By Sam Prance

People are pretending to have epilepsy and seizures and acting out Cameron Boyce's death.

Cameron Boyce fans are rallying together on social media to stop a new challenge which is making light of his death.

On Saturday (Jul 6), Cameron's family announced that the beloved actor had died at the age of 20. Their statement read: "It is with a profoundly heavy heart that we report that this morning we lost Cameron." They also said: "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." Cameron was diagnosed with epilepsy.

READ MORE: Read Dove Cameron's full tribute letter to Cameron Boyce following his death

Following the tragic news, Cameron's friends, family and fans have taken to the internet to pay tribute to him. However, in the days since he passed away, a new viral trend titled the Cameron Boyce challenge has appeared and fans are calling it out for being horribly insensitive.

Cameron Boyce fans call out viral 'Cameron Boyce challenge'
Cameron Boyce fans call out viral 'Cameron Boyce challenge'. Picture: David Mendez/Young Hollywood/Getty Images

Shortly after Cameron's death, an Instagram user called @scott.sternn posted a story captioned '#cameronboycechallenge'. In it, he and a group of high school boys pretend to have epileptic seizures and die. In response, other people have shared Instagram posts with the same hashtag, either 'acting out' Cameron's death or making extremely offensive memes about it, in an attempt to go viral.

We will not be posting any of the videos, out of respect for Cameron, but they're still circulating around social media.

It goes without saying that this type of challenge is disgusting. Not only does it make a mockery of anyone who suffers from epilepsy but it also attempts to create humour at the expense of Cameron's death. Unsurprisingly, people are outraged and Cameron's fans have started working together to put a stop to it and report any videos which are using the hashtag.

Thanks to Cameron's fans, most of the original videos have been removed from social media. Not only that but Scott Stern, who posted the original Cameron Boyce challenge video has apologised in a new video on Twitter. He states: "I just wanted to say that I'm sorry for what I did. I don't know how I bought myself to do that. I wish I could apologise to Cameron Boyce himself. I'd love to personally apologise to his family."

The challenge comes in the wake of Cameron's friend and Disney co-star Skai Jackson asking fans to stop making memes about his death. If you see any of the memes or challenges on social media, we encourage you to report them.

Our thoughts and condolences are with Cameron's family, friends and colleagues.