China Anne McClain calls Cameron Boyce her "best friend" in moving tribute video on Instagram

9 July 2019, 12:48

By Sam Prance

Cameron Boyce and China Anne McClain starred in Grown Ups and The Descendants together.

Cameron Boyce's best friend and co-star China Anne McClain has paid tribute to him with a moving Instagram video.

On Saturday (Jul 6), it was announced that Cameron had died at the age of 20. A statement from his family read: "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."

Following the news, tributes have flooded in to the Disney star. Now, China has spoken up about Cameron's death.

China Anne McClain calls Cameron Boyce her "closest friend" in moving tribute video on Instagram
China Anne McClain calls Cameron Boyce her "closest friend" in moving tribute video on Instagram. Picture: Monica Schipper/Getty Images // Instagram: @chinamcclain

Taking to Instagram, China posted a series of videos honouring the actor. She said: "I know that it's taken me a while to say something. I just needed to step away from my phone and definitely be off of social media and the internet."

"Seeing the headlines and stuff is just too hard. I couldn't do that. I don't really believe any of this is actually happening I think. I'm just kind of feeling a little numb. I feel like imma wake up," she continued.

Addressing his family, China added: "I'm so sorry and you guys lost something that the rest of us didn't lose. You guys lost blood a son, a brother and I lost my best friend. My closest friend, my longest friend. I'll never again have a friend like Cameron."

China first met Cameron on the set of Grown Ups when they were just 10 and 11 years old.

China also told an emotional anecdote about Cameron's hat: "This is actually his hat guys. He left it in my room when we were doing Descendants 2. During Descendants 3, I packed it and I was gonna to give it back to him. He was like "You remember that?" and I was like "Yeah, I brought it so that I could give it back to you" and he was like "Well, alright."

She continued: "And I never gave it back and I'm so happy I didn't. It was like God left it for me."

China ended the video with a touching note: "Cam's not gone. He's not just gone. He's okay. He's not gone. When people die they don't just dissipate into thin air, you guys. He's good. Alright. Cameron I love you."

Alongside China, many of Cameron's friends and co-stars including Skai Jackson, Adam Sandler and Debby Ryan have taken to social media to mourn his death. His father Viktor Boyce has also thanked fans for their support.

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