The tragic death of Josh Gad’s 20-year-old nephew Marco

Josh Gad almost always has a smile on his face, especially when he’s out on the red carpet or with his fans. The actor, best known for his role as Olaf in Disney’s massive animated hit Frozen, told the Independent in 2022 that finding the funny in life has always been important to him, especially after his parents split, when he was only 6 years old. He said: “It’s a salve for pain, it’s a weapon to fight the darkness, it’s an opportunity for people to break through their grief. In my case, not only was it an opportunity for me to cut through the pain, but it was also a great resource to carry my mother, whose sadness I felt on my shoulders, to a place where she could smile.”

And while Gad does a good job of making people laugh — both on and off screen — he just shared some heartbreaking personal news with his fans. That’s because a close member of his family died unexpectedly.

Josh Gad reveals the death of his beloved nephew

Saying goodbye to a loved one in your family is never easy, especially when their life has been cut short. Josh Gad revealed on Twitter that his nephew Marco passed away unexpectedly. Without giving away too many details about his nephew’s death, Gad wrote: “Thank you all for your love. Our beloved nephew Marco died in his sleep at the age of 20, his life was far too short and our pain far too deep. Our family is trying to make sense of it all, but your support has been incredible.”

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Additionally, Gad has shared several throwback photos of Marco on his Instagram account over the years. He wrote: “His life may be over, but I hope and pray that his memory lives on. He really was a brilliant, creative and loving soul. Help me honor him now and celebrate a life that has just begun.” Many of his followers, including Octavia Spencer, expressed their condolences, saying, “Honey, I totally understand. I’m praying for you and your family!!!” Others, like Lucy Boynton, shared her love and support with three red heart emojis. Let’s hope Marco keeps hearing his uncle’s laughter from upstairs.