Disney Channel has canceled the July 22 red carpet premiere event for original movie Descendants 3 following the sudden death this past weekend of star Cameron Boyce. Instead, it will make a donation to a charity he supported.
“We’re proud to be part of Cameron Boyce’s legacy by showcasing his talents on screen, but we are cancelling the red carpet premiere event for Descendants 3 (scheduled for July 22) and instead, The Walt Disney Company will make a donation to the Thirst Project, a philanthropic organization to which Cameron was deeply committed,” Disney Channel said in a statement.
“With permission from the Boyce family, Disney Channel will dedicate the telecast of Descendants 3 in Cameron Boyce’s memory,” the network said.
In April, Boyce was awarded the Pioneering Spirit Award at the ninth annual Thirst Gala after raising $30,000 for the Thirst Project, which aims to bring awareness about the global water crisis and build wells in Swaziland.
Many of the tributes that have poured in since Boyce’s July 6 death have noted his many philanthropic endeavors, including the Thirst Project.
His family revealed Wedesday that Boyce died of a seizure as a result of epilepsy.
Boyce worked with Disney Channel beginning in 2011 on the series Jessie and the Disney Channel Original Movie franchise Descendants, which revolves around the offspring of famous Disney villains. Among his other credits are Disney Junior’s Jake and the Never Land Pirates and Disney XD’s series Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything.
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