The death of Costar that changed Dove Cameron forever

The following article contains discussions of premature death, including death by suicide.

From her days as a teen star on Disney Channel to her music career and the decision to embrace her sexuality, Dove Cameron has proven that she is more than one-dimensional, whether it’s in the roles she chose or the songs that she published.

Like many celebrities, Cameron hasn’t always had an easy time in the limelight, or even in her personal life, and she notably adopted her stage name, which is based on a childhood nickname given to her by her father, who died before his death. She has been open about how her father’s suicide affected her, saying in an interview with Grazia, “His life has always been a very emotionally volatile life for him. And so, as his children, we went on this ride with him.”

Another death years later, that of a close co-star, also hit Cameron deeply, as she discussed with Puss Puss Magazine.

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Cameron Boyce’s death hit Dove Cameron

Dove Cameron has spoken openly about how the death of her Descendants co-star Cameron Boyce has affected her. Boyce died in 2019 at the age of 20 from a condition known as “sudden unexpected death from epilepsy,” according to a press release from the Los Angeles County Coroner.

After Boyce’s death, Cameron told People in an interview, “He was the most alive person I’ve ever met.” She also added, “People who didn’t even know him were devastated by his death. He was just someone who was never meant to end, let alone so soon, and unsettling and unfair” (via People).

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In a previous interview with Seventeen, Cameron recalled being in London when she heard of Boyce’s death. She also said of her time working with Boyce, “I loved him like a brother and I learned from him every day how to be cheerful, how to be resilient, how to be patient, no matter the circumstances.” I could not begin to quantify the wisdom and generosity of this boy. I still learn from him every day.”

Dove Cameron has a tattoo in memory of her late co-star

Among Dove Cameron’s tattoos is a tattoo she got in memory of Cameron Boyce, as detailed in a Teen Vogue article. At the time of his death, Boyce was working on a gun safety campaign called “Wielding Peace,” which the Cameron Boyce Foundation — named in his memory — started after his death (via Refinery29).

In support of Boyce and the Wielding Peace Campaign, Cameron has a pistol tattooed on his forearm with a rose protruding from it. In a “24 Hours With” video filmed the day she got the tattoo from Vogue, in which she describes her idea for the tattoo before getting inked, Cameron explained that she ” “very anti-gun” and “very pro gun regulation,” adding that she was further inspired by Boyce’s Wielding peace campaign.

The tattoo, as featured in the Vogue video, was done by artist Karen Costleigh at the Ten Thousand Waves Tattoo Gallery.