Angus Cloud, who starred in Sam Levinson’s HBO hit series Euphoria, has died aged only 25.
Cloud, who played drug dealer Fezco “Fez” O’Neill on the teen drama TV series, died on Monday 31 July 2023 just after 11:30 am at his family home in Oakland, California, said a publicist.
“It is with the heaviest heart that we had to say goodbye to an incredible human today,” read a statement from Cloud’s family. It went on to state that the young actor buried his father last week, and was in a “battle with mental health.”
“The only comfort we have is knowing Angus is now reunited with his dad, who was his best friend. 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 continued.
The cause of death has not yet been given.
Two weeks ago, Cloud posted a photo of his father on Instagram and wrote: “miss u breh.”
A source close to Cloud’s family told Entertainment Tonight that Cloud “had been battling severe suicidal thoughts” after he returned from Ireland where he had buried his father.
Meanwhile, in a statement to the publication, an HBO spokesperson said, “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.”
Cloud was staying with family “as he tried to work through overcoming grief.” TMZ, who was first to publish the news, reported that the OPD and OFD responded to a 911 call made by the actor’s mother. She reported a “possible overdose” and said her son did not have a pulse, according to the outlet. The outlet additionally reported that Cloud was pronounced dead on the scene.
Although Cloud had minor acting credits in two films, North Hollywood and The Line, his acting career really took off after he won the part of Fez in Euphoria’s first season. His performance role led to his character being expanded in the second season.
Javon Walton, who played Cloud’s adoptive little brother Ashtray on the show, reacted to his costar’s tragic death by sharing a picture of him hugging Cloud, writing, “rest easy brother.” On his Instagram story, Walton captioned an image of him and Cloud embracing, “forever family.”
While sharing a clip of Cloud’s character Fezco singing to ‘Stand By Me’ with Maude Apatow’s Lexi, Storm Reid wrote on her Instagram story, “the tears just won’t stop.” Costar Alexa Demie shared a broken heart emoji.
According to a 2019 interview with GQ, Cloud had no real aspirations to become a star, or even an actor. He used to work at a chicken and waffle joint, and one day was unexpectedly stopped by an agent from a casting company.
“I was confused and I didn’t want to give her my phone number,” Cloud told GQ. “I thought it was a scam.”
He had also appeared in music videos for artists including Becky G, Karol G and Juice WRLD.