The unexpected death of Angus Cloud at the age of 25 has shocked the U.S. entertainment industry. The actor’s youth, as well as his untapped talent and short but stellar career on the series Euphoria, has stunned actors, directors and stars of all kinds, as well as millions of fans around the world. His death was confirmed by his family on Monday, and a day later, two of his co-starts on the HBO series joined the outpour of condolences and shared heartfelt messages for the late actor and his family.
Singer and actress Zendaya, who became an Emmy Award winner last September for her powerful role as Rue in Euphoria, posted a message on her Instagram profile, with more than 184 million followers. “Words are not enough to describe the infinite beauty that is Angus,” Zendaya wrote in the message, accompanied by a black-and-white photo of Angus. “I’m so grateful I got the chance to know him in this life, to call him a brother, to see his warm kind eyes and bright smile, or hear his infectious cackle of a laugh (I’m smiling now just thinking of it).”
“I know people use this expression often when talking about folks they love: ‘they could light up any room they entered.’ But boy, let me tell you, he was the best at it. I’d like to remember him that way. For all the boundless light, love and joy he always managed to give us. I’ll cherish every moment. My heart is with his mother and family at this time, and please be kind and patient as grief looks different for everyone,” the 26-year-old actress wrote.
Sydney Sweeney, who plays Cassie in Euphoria, also said goodbye to her friend. Sweeney was nominated for the Emmy for Best supporting actress in the last edition of the awards, both for Euphoria and The White Lotus, although she did not win. On Monday, Sweeney had professional commitments that she canceled abruptly for “personal reasons”; news of the actor’s passing broke shortly thereafter. “Angus, you were an open soul, with the kindest heart, and you filled every room with laughter. This is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to post, and I’m struggling to find all the words,” the 25-year-old actress posted on her Instagram account, followed by more than 15 million people.
“You will be missed more than you know, but I’m so blessed to have known you in this lifetime, and I’m sure anyone who has ever met you feels the same. This heartache is real, and I wish we could’ve had one more hug... All my love is with you,” Sweeney wrote, along with a carousel of photographs and video showing Cloud at parties, shoots and dinners. The actress also uploaded a video with Cloud to her Instagram stories.
Cloud died Sunday night, as his family announced in a statement on Monday, at his family home in Oakland, California. The causes are unknown, although he had been dealing with mental health issues for years. His father, to whom he was very close, had passed away just a week ago from cancer. “It is with the heaviest heart that we had to say goodbye to an incredible human today. As an artist, a friend, a brother and a son, Angus was special to all of us in so many ways,” said the statement released by his family. “Last week he buried his father and intensely struggled with this loss. The only comfort we have is knowing Angus is now reunited with his dad, who was his best friend. Angus was open about his battle with mental health, and we hope that his passing can be a reminder to others that they are not alone and should not fight this on their own in silence.” The statement concluded with the hope that “the world remembers him for his humor, laughter and love for everyone,” and the family asked for privacy at this difficult time.
Cloud had a short career, and the role of Fez in Euphoria gave him his jump to fame. He also participated in two films and finished filming a third one before passing. In addition, he was the image of perfumes and fashion brands as a style icon of Generation Z.
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