Angus Cloud, a star of the LGBTQ-inclusive HBO series Euphoria, has died at age 25.
Cloud died Monday at his family’s home in Oakland, Calif., according to several news outlets, including TMZ and E! News.
His family released this statement: “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.
“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.
“We hope the world remembers him for his humor, laughter and love for everyone. We ask for privacy at this time as we are still processing this devastating loss.”
The family did not state a cause of death. TMZ reports, however, that his mother had placed a 911 call Monday about a possible overdose.
HBO released a statement as well, via Twitter, saying, “We are incredibly saddened to learn of the passing of Angus Cloud. He was immensely talented and a beloved part of the HBO and Euphoria family. We extend our deepest condolences to his friends and family during this difficult time.”
On Euphoria, which premiered in 2019 and frankly depicted teen sexuality and drug use, Cloud played Fezco O’Neill, nicknamed Fez, a drug dealer and occasional protector of Rue Bennett, played by Zendaya. He became romantically involved with Rue’s friend Lexi (Maude Apatow).
At the end of season 2, Fez survived a shooting. The character was scheduled to return in season 3, which has been delayed because of the writers’ and actors’ strikes.
Earlier, Cloud had said he was looking forward to filming the third season of the series. “I can't wait to get back to work with everyone,” he told E! News last year. “I feel like it’s been way too long. I just can’t wait to see everyone and working on set again. Definitely not sure what to expect for Fezco, but knowing [Euphoria creator] Sam [Levinson], it will be good.”
Several friends and colleagues have posted tributes.