Entertainment TV Dove Cameron Pays Tribute to Late Friend and Costar Cameron Boyce on His 23rd Birthday: 'Love You' Descendants star Cameron Boyce died in his sleep at age 20 back in July 2019 By Nicholas Rice Nicholas Rice Instagram Twitter Nicholas Rice is a Staff Editor for PEOPLE Magazine. He began working with the brand as an Editorial Intern in early 2020, before later transitioning to a freelance role, and then staff positions soon after. Nicholas writes and edits anywhere between 7 to 9 stories per day on average for PEOPLE, spanning across each vertical the brand covers. Nicholas has previous work experience with Billboard, POPSUGAR, Bustle and Elite Daily. When not working, Nicholas can be found playing with his 5 dogs, listening to pop music or eating mozzarella sticks. People Editorial Guidelines Published on May 28, 2022 06:03 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Jerod Harris/Getty Dove Cameron is paying tribute to Cameron Boyce. The actress, 26, shared a sweet post on Instagram Saturday, marking what would have been Boyce's 23rd birthday. Sharing a black-and-white video of herself reaching out to hold Boyce's hand while sitting beside him on a panel, Cameron began the caption of her post, writing, "Somewhere unnamed, these moments are all still occurring for the first time, for the millionth time, in real time and all at once, just as real as I remember them 'then.' " "You are here, still. We feel you, still. I will love you, unchangingly, just like this," she continued. "Happy birthday." Sofia Carson Remembers 'Our Angel' Cameron Boyce on His 23rd Birthday: 'I Adore You' Cameron's post also included what appears to be a handwritten note from the late Descendants actor with the words "Maybe heaven is a jazz club," written on lined paper. Boyce died in his sleep at age 20 in July 2019. The cause of death was later determined to be an epileptic seizure, an ongoing medical condition he was having treated. "It is with a profoundly heavy heart that we report that this morning we lost Cameron," a family spokesperson told PEOPLE in a statement at the time. Want to get the biggest stories from PEOPLE every weekday? Subscribe to our new podcast, PEOPLE Every Day, to get the essential celebrity, entertainment and human interest news stories Monday through Friday. "He passed away in his sleep due to a seizure, which was a result of an ongoing medical condition for which he was being treated. The world is now undoubtedly without one of its brightest lights, but his spirit will live on through the kindness and compassion of all who knew and loved him," they continued. The spokesperson added: "We are utterly heartbroken and ask for privacy during this immensely difficult time as we grieve the loss of our precious son and brother." The Grown Ups actor's parents subsequently launched the Cameron Boyce Foundation in his memory, aiming to provide "young people artistic and creative outlets as alternatives to violence and negativity and uses resources and philanthropy for positive change in the world." Last week, the foundation hosted its inaugural gala, Cam for a Cause: A Fundraiser for The Cameron Boyce Foundation to End Epilepsy, raising money and awareness for epilepsy and SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy). Cameron Boyce Foundation to Hold First Gala Ahead of Late Actor's Birthday: 'He Would Be Proud' "Cameron would've been 23 years old this year. Just thinking about that breaks my heart, every minute of every day," Cameron's dad Victor Boyce told PEOPLE. "But, every year on his birthday, he didn't want presents. He wanted to give back and he would always do something to help others. In that spirit, that's why we're doing the gala." His mother Libby Boyce added: "We have an obligation to use Cameron's voice. Even though physically he's not here, he would want us to do that, to bring attention to those people who are isolated and stigmatized because of their epilepsy." RELATED VIDEO: Cameron Boyce's Parents React to Adam Sandler Dedicating Hubie Halloween to Their Late Son Alongside Cameron, another one of Boyce's friends and Disney Channel costars paid tribute to him on Saturday as well. "Our Angel. Forever. I adore you my Cam," wrote Sofia Carson, sharing a throwback video of the birthday boy strumming on an acoustic guitar and singing a song. She also shared some photo and video memories on her Instagram Story.