The two actors worked together in all three Descendants movies for the Disney Channel.
“I felt really weird about posting about Cameron on social media. Because it felt really emotional, and private, and intimate, and social media is the opposite of that. And I just couldn’t quite reconcile the two and make them fit, so I didn’t know what I was going to do,” Dove explained in a video posted to Instagram. “But, I just got back from therapy and I’ve decided that the only way to get through it right now is… I think we all need to just, if we want to, be expressive and connective, so I wrote something that I’m going to try to read.”
We transcribed the entire letter that Dove wrote for Cameron and you can read it after the cut.
Click inside to read the transcript for the full letter from Dove…
Dove Cameron’s Letter for Cameron Boyce
The last 72 hours have felt like two weeks and I’ve spent them trying to make my thoughts and feelings into words… I’ve been unsuccessful. Thinking about trying to summarize something where there are no adequate words in the English language has made me ill and dizzy and I’ve been mostly quiet or expressive through crying. I’ve never stuttered or been unable to speak before these last few days. My system is still in shock and my brain is still foggy and full of holes, but I’m going to try to write.
To Victor, and Libby, and Maya: You’re all I can think about. My heart aches for you. I’m broken for you. I have close to nothing left, which tells me a small percentage about how you must be feeling. I’m so sorry. And I will never know have enough words for the pain I feel and for the love and space in my heart I hold for you.
Cameron was one of my favorite people alive in the world, though I know that’s not unique to me. Cameron was magic, an earth angel. Over the last six years, since he was only 14, Cameron talked me down from countless ledges, talked me through eating disorders, helped me out of a dark relationship and through endless breakdowns. He would whisper the dance moves to me on live television when I didn’t know what I was doing or hold my hand quietly to communicate wordlessly when we both knew we were thinking the same thing. I can’t count on my hands the number of times when we couldn’t stop making each other laugh.
Everyone keeps talking about how talented he was and he was undoubtedly the most talented person most of us will ever know, but what was special about Cameron was who he was in his small moments when maybe no one was looking. The moments in between the big ones when he didn’t have to be good or kind. Cameron was always good and kind. He was selfless and generous. He was magnanimous. And arguably a true philanthropist at only 20. Beloved by anyone who would be lucky enough to experience his light and his indescribable energy. Cameron was the ultimate example of a human being.
Goodbye, my dear, dear friend and brother. You leave behind a colossal wake, a profound chasm that can never be filled. But you also leave millions and millions of deeply impacted hope-filled and love-filled human beings who are who they are because of you and how you spent your brief 20 years on this earth. What a gift you were. You turned the world on its head. We can all only hope to be half of the human you were and you deserved so much more time. Goodbye to an earth angel. I will spend the rest of my life missing and loving you. I’m all the better for knowing you.