LOS ANGELES — Angus Cloud, the actor who played drug dealer Fezco “Fez” O’Neill on the HBO drama “Euphoria,” has passed away. He was 25 years old.
Cloud’s publisher, Cait Bailey, said Cloud died Monday at his parents’ home in Oakland, California. The cause of death was not given.
Cloud’s family said in a statement that “an artist said goodbye to a friend, a brother and a son.
“She buried her father last week and has dealt with this loss intensely,” the family said. “Our only consolation is knowing that Angus is now reunited with his father, who is now his best friend. Angus has been open about his battle with mental health, and we hope his death reminds others that they are not alone and should not be fighting this alone in silence.”
“We hope the world remembers him for his humor, laughter, and love for everyone,” his family said.
Cloud hadn’t acted before starring in “Euphoria.” She was walking down the street in New York when casting monitor Eléonore Hendricks spotted her. Cloud resisted at first, suspecting a fraud. Casting director Jennifer Venditti later reunited with her, and series creator Sam Levinson eventually cast her as the lead co-star with Zendaya for the show’s first two seasons.
To some, Cloud seemed as natural as Fez, and they suspected he was the same as the character – Cloud opposed the idea.
“People are like, ‘It has to be so easy! You’ll come in and be yourself.’ ‘Why don’t you go and do this?’ It’s not that simple,” Cloud told Variety. “I put a lot into the character. You can believe what you want. It has nothing to do with me.”
The role made Cloud the breakout star of one of the hottest shows on television. He had a supporting role in his first feature, “The Line,” a college drama starring Alex Wolff and John Malkovich, which premiered at the Tribeca Festival earlier this year. Cloud would recently play the lead role in “Scream 6”. He also made cameos in music videos for Juice WRLD, Becky G, and Karol G.
Filming for the third season of “Euphoria” has not started yet.
“We are incredibly saddened to learn of Angus Cloud’s passing,” HBO said in a statement. “He was extremely 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.”