Disney fans are mourning the loss of Cameron Boyce, who passed away unexpectedly over the weekend at the age of 20. Boyce starred as Luke Ross on the wildly popular Disney television series, “Jessie.” He also starred in films like Adam Sandler’s Grown Ups 1 and 2. Boyce was currently filming HBO‘s series Mrs. Fletcher, a coming-of-age comedy about Internet porn and social media.
In 2016, Boyce created a short film honoring his grandmother Jo Ann Boyce, who is one of the Clinton 12. As part of Disney XD’s short film series Be Inspired, the proud grandchild showcased his grandmother who integrated schools in Clinton, Mississippi in 1956, one year before the famed Little Rock Nine’s historic event and just two years after the landmark 1954 Brown vs. The Board of Education of Topeka, KS decision desegregating schools in America.
In the short film, Cameron, his sister and their parents travel to the Green McAdoo Cultural Center which features sculptures of his grandmother and the other 11 students who changed history in the United States. Cameron affectionately refers to her as his “Nana” throughout the short film and proclaims that she is his hero. Check out the short film below:
The actor’s family says he died of a seizure due to an ongoing, undisclosed medical condition. Rest in power.
This post was written by Nsenga K. Burton, founder & editor-in-chief of The Burton Wire. Follow her on Twitter @Ntellectual.