Angus Cloud, the Euphoria actor who died at the age of 25, has passed away an accidental overdose, a spokesperson for the Alameda County coroner confirmed.
The actor’s cause of death was listed as due to intoxication due to the combined effects of methamphetamine, cocaine, fentanyl and benzodiazepines.
Cloud’s family announced the news on July 31, saying: “It is with the deepest hearts that we had to say goodbye to an incredible human being today. As an artist, friend, brother and son, Angus was special to all of us in many ways. Last week he buried his father and has struggled intensely with this loss. The only consolation we have is that Angus is now reunited with his father, who was his best friend. Angus has been open about his battle with mental health, and we hope his passing can be a reminder to others that they are not alone and should not have to fight this in silence on their own.”
Their statement concluded: “We hope the world remembers him for his humor, laughter and love for all. We ask for privacy at this time as we continue to process this devastating loss.”
The rising actor and style star played drug dealer Fezco for two seasons Euphoria – HBO’s hit series that tackles addiction and recovery, mental health, sex and identity, among other topics. The role was a breakthrough, as the Oakland native, who studied technical theater, was cast after a chance meeting with a casting agent when he walking down the street in Manhattan.
The character was originally going to die in the first few episodes, but creator Sam Levinson changed his mind to keep Fez around and later expanded the role even further in season two. That finale, which aired in March 2022, ended on a major cliffhanger for the character, who by then had established himself as a spiritual center on the series and left viewers longing for his return.
“He just appreciated what I did, so he kept me going. I was excited. I was just getting ready to work,” Cloud had said THR following the finale in which Levinson elevates his role in the Emmy-winning addiction drama, which stars Zendaya and an all-star ensemble of high school students, along with the adults in their orbit. He remained optimistic about his character’s future in the already renewed third season, adding: “Anyone can change, you know? He’s just a survivor. He’s going to figure out how to get the best out of situations.”
Levinson was one of the Euphoria and Hollywood stars to pay tribute to Cloud after his passing. “There was no one like Angus,” the creator shared in a statement THR. “He was too special, too talented and far too young to leave us so quickly. He also, like many of us, struggled with addiction and depression. I hope he knew how many hearts he touched. I loved him. I always will. Rest in peace and God bless his family.”
Zendaya spoke of his “boundless light,” writing in her tribute, “I know people use this phrase a lot when they talk about people they love… ‘they could light up any room they walked into,’ but boy, does me tell you, he was the best. there. That’s how I would like to remember him.”
It’s unclear what Levinson had planned for Cloud’s character in the upcoming season. THR previously reported that the creator had started writing season three before the work stoppage following the May 2 writers’ strike.
Before his death, Cloud completed filming a star turn in Universal Pictures’ untitled monster thriller from the filmmaking trio known as Radio Silence, and wrapped up shooting on the upcoming thriller. Your lucky day, THR previously confirmed. The Universal feature is scheduled for release on April 19, 2024 Your lucky dayproduced by Luke Barnett and Adam Baxter, has not yet announced a release date.
Euphoria was Cloud’s biggest credit. In 2019, he played a small role in the Mikey Alfred skating drama North Hollywood and most recently starred in The line, directed by Ethan Berger. A third upcoming project is the feature Freaky storiesby Captain Marvel helmsman Ryan Fleck.
Abbey White contributed to this report.