Angus Cloud, known for portraying drug dealer Fezco “Fez” O’Neill on the teen drama Euphoria, passed away on 30,2023 Monday at his family home in Oakland, California, as confirmed by a publicist.
In a statement, the Cloud family expressed their profound sorrow, saying, “It is with the heaviest heart that we had to bid farewell to an incredible human today.” They revealed that Angus had been deeply affected by the recent loss of his father and had been intensely struggling with this grief.
However, the family found solace knowing that Angus was now “reunited with his dad, who was his best friend.” They emphasized Angus’s openness about his battle with mental health and hoped his passing would remind others that they are not alone and should not suffer silently.
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“We hope the world remembers him for his humour, laughter, and love for everyone,” the family stated. The exact cause of Angus Cloud’s death has not been disclosed.
HBO, where Euphoria aired, expressed their profound sadness over the news. They said, “We are incredibly saddened to learn of the passing of Angus Cloud. He was immensely talented and beloved of the HBO and Euphoria family. We extend our deepest condolences to his friends and family during this difficult time.
Two weeks ago, Cloud shared a heartfelt tribute on his Instagram, posting a photo of his late father with the caption “Miss u both.”
Before gaining fame, Cloud played minor roles in movies like North Hollywood and The Line. Additionally, he appeared in music videos for famous artists such as Becky G, Karol G, and Juice WRLD.
However, his breakthrough came when he won the role of Fez, a high school drug dealer, in the hit TV show Euphoria. The Hollywood Reporter credited this role for turning Cloud into a breakout star, and his character’s prominence increased in the show’s second season.
Interestingly, Cloud never had any aspirations of becoming an actor or a star. In a 2019 interview with GQ, he revealed that he used to work at a chicken and waffle joint. He shared a funny anecdote of being stopped on the street by an agent from a casting company, initially thinking it was a scam.
Euphoria, which premiered in June 2019, quickly became a hit, becoming the most tweeted-about TV show of the decade in the US by 2022. The show portrays the struggles of a 17-year-old battling drug abuse, addressing serious issues like fentanyl abuse and morphine use. In 2022, Cloud faced accusations that the show glorified drug use, but he defended the series. See the tweet given below-
BREAKING: Angus Cloud, the actor who starred in the HBO series “Euphoria,” has died. He was 25. https://t.co/DCQBcAnFC2
— The Associated Press (@AP) July 31, 2023
The sudden passing of Cloud deeply affected his co-stars and fans. Euphoria creator Sam Levinson expressed grief, praising Cloud’s unique talent and lamenting his untimely departure. Upon hearing the news, Sydney Martin, a model rumoured to have been in an on-off relationship with Cloud, shared broken heart emojis on her Instagram.
Javon “Wanna” Walton, who portrayed Cloud’s adoptive brother Ashtray on the show, expressed his condolences on Instagram, writing “Rest easy brother.”
Even prominent figures outside the entertainment industry paid tribute to Cloud. California congresswoman Barbara Lee mourned the loss of “Oakland’s own” on X (formerly known as Twitter), praising Cloud’s immense talent and legacy. Actress Kerry Washington also took to the platform to express her sorrow, saying, “You will be deeply missed. Rest in power.”
Cloud’s untimely death significantly impacted his loved ones, colleagues, and fans, who will remember him for his talent, contributions, and mark on the world.
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