Hollywood star Adam Sandler has taken to social media to pay tribute to his former co-star Cameron Boyce after the 20-year-old died suddenly on Saturday.
The actor, who starred in the Descendants and Jessie, died as a result of a seizure brought on by an "ongoing medical condition", according to a statement from the Boyce family.
Sandler had grown close to Boyce after the pair had worked together on the popular comedy movies Grown Ups (2010) and Grown Ups 2 (2013). Sandler had played the father of Boyce's character, Kethie Feder, in the two films.
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"Too young. Too sweet. Too funny. Just the nicest, most talented, and most decent kid around," Sandler wrote on Instagram today.
"Loved that kid. Cared so much about his family. Cared so much about the world," Sandler's post continued.
"Thank you, Cameron, for all you gave to us. So much more was on the way. All our hearts are broken. Thinking of your amazing family and sending our deepest condolences."
The Boyce family statement explained Boyce had: "passed away in his sleep due to a seizure which was a result of an ongoing medical condition for which he was being treated.
"The world is now undoubtedly without one of its brightest lights, but his spirit will live on through the kindness and compassion of all who knew and loved him.
"We are utterly heartbroken and ask for privacy during this immensely difficult time as we grieve the loss of our precious son and brother."
Boyce had his first break in 2011 when he won the role of Luke Ross on the Disney Channel hit Jessie, opposite Debby Ryan. He also starred in the made-for-TV Descendants films.
This article was first published on the NZ Herald and is republished here with permission.