Cameron Boyce's Final Interview: He 'Wanted To Make The World A Better Place'
Chatting to Haute Living magazine, Cameron Boyce spoke of his need to ‘give back’.
Just two months before the 20-year-old died in his sleep from a seizure as a result of an "ongoing medical condition", the 'Descendants' star spoke to the publication about two things close to his heart -- his charity work and his family.
In particular, Boyce -- who was was African American and Jewish -- spoke highly of his grandmother, Jo Ann Allen Boyce, who was a key figure within the civil rights movement.
"Her story doesn't just inspire me ... It hits home with everyone who stops to listen to it," he told the magazine.
"She and the other 11 students set the stage for our generation to come together. We have to ensure -- especially with some of the controversy plaguing us now -- that we continue to push towards dreams that have yet to be realised. Equality in its truest sense." He added, "She's a huge part of who I am."
Boyce also spoke about his desire to "give back," saying that "there's a long line of difference makers in my family" and he hoped to not only carry on their legacy but inspire others to do the same.
In April, Boyce was awarded the Pioneering Spirit Award at the 9th Annual Thirst Gala after raising an impressive $30,000 for the Thirst Project, which aims to bring awareness about the global water crisis and build wells in Swaziland.
READ MORE: Disney Star Cameron Boyce Has Died Age 20
Since Boyce's sudden death, tributes have poured in from celebrities and fans alike, with many drawing attention to the star's philanthropic endeavours, including the Thirst Project.
On Sunday morning, the charity released a statement reacting to the star's tragically early death, saying, “We are at loss for words and a bit shaken up from the news of the unfortunate and untimely passing of our dear friend,” read a statement shared to Twitter and Instagram.
“Cameron was such an amazing light to many and also did so much for Thirst Project. He was always looking to help others and in his #ThirstGala speech, he explained it perfectly. With his time here, he certainly left something bigger than himself and we are SO [honoured] to have been a part of his life and to have been able to change the world together."
They continued, "As we remember him, let’s all do our part to use what we have and leave something bigger than ourselves.”
Meanwhile, Cameron's father, Victor Boyce, has spoken out on Twitter, thanking everyone for their support during this tough time.
"I'm overwhelmed with the love and support our family has received," he captioned his post on Sunday. "It really does help to ease the pain of this nightmare I can't wake up from. I can't thank you guys enough."