Dove Cameron reads heartbreaking letter to Cameron Boyce following his death

10 July 2019, 11:46 | Updated: 10 July 2019, 13:33

By Sam Prance

Dove opens up about how Cameron helped her get through eating disorders and break-ups.

Descendants star Dove Cameron has taken to Instagram to pay tribute to her co-star and close friend Cameron Boyce with a heartfelt letter.

Over the weekend (Jul 6), Cameron Boyce's family announced that the beloved Disney actor had died at the age of 20. In a statement to ABC news, they wrote: "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, many of Cameron's friends loved ones have paid tribute and now Dove Cameron has joined them.

Read Dove Cameron's full letter to Cameron Boyce below.

Read Dove Cameron's full Cameron Boyce tribute letter from Instagram here.
Read Dove Cameron's full Cameron Boyce tribute letter from Instagram here. Picture: Instagram: @thecameronboyce // Instagram: @dovecameron

Taking to Instagram, Dove shared a personal video. In it she states: "I felt really weird about posting about Cameron social media because it 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 gonna do." She then explained: "I wrote something that I'm gonna try to read."

Before reciting the letter Dove reveals how she's felt since learning of the news: "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 anything about what I'm feeling. I've been unsuccessful."

She then adds: "Thinking about trying to summarise 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 gonna try and write."

Dove's letter to Cameron.

"To Victor and Libby and Mike, you are 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 have enough words for the pain I feel and the love and space in my heart that I hold for you.

Cameron was one of my favourite 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 edges, talked me through eating disorders, helped me out of a dark relationship and through endless breakdowns. 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.

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 been lucky enough to experience his light and indescribable energy. Cameron was the ultimate example of a human being.

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. What a gift you were. You turned the world on its head. We can all only hope to be half of the human 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 and all the better for knowing you."

Dove and Cameron first worked together on Liv and Maddie before becoming close friends and co-stars in Disney's hit Descendants franchise. Dove joins stars, such as China Anne McClain, Skai Jackson and Debby Ryan, who have paid tribute to Cameron on social media.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to Dove and Cameron's friends, family and colleagues.