Angus Cloud, who played drug dealer Fezco “Fez” O’Neill on HBO hit series Euphoria died on Monday, aged 25 at his family home in Oakland, California.
“It is with the heaviest heart that we had to say goodbye to an incredible human today,” said a statement from Cloud’s family.
Cloud buried his father last week, according to family, and was in a “battle with mental health”.
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“The only comfort we have is knowing Angus is now reunited with his dad, who was his best friend,” the statement read. “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 cause of death has not been given. Two weeks ago, Cloud posted a photo of his father on Instagram and wrote: “miss u breh.”
Angus Cloud as Fezco in Euphoria
Cloud’s breakout role came in 2019 as Fezco, a sweet-natured drug dealer who cared deeply for Rue, played by Zendaya, in “Euphoria.”
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“We are incredibly saddened to learn of the passing of Angus Cloud,” an HBO spokesperson said.
“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.”
Storm Reid, who plays Gia Bennett in “Euphoria,” posted a tribute to Cloud on her Instagram story Monday, sharing a clip of a laughter-filled scene between Cloud and Maude Apatow from the series.
“The tears just won’t stop,” Reid wrote.
The Oakland native recalled in an interview with iD in March how he was discovered by a casting agent on the streets of Brooklyn.
“I definitely thought it could be some kind of scam,” he laughed. “Then they brought me back in and they showed me the role, and it made more sense. Because in my mind I was like, they stopped me because I look like I could be a star? Then I’m like, no, it’s because I look like I could be a drug dealer.”
When “Euphoria” took off, Cloud said he was surprised by his own success.
“The difference between me and everyone else who’s famous it’s that they were trying to go get famous, for the most part,” he told the publication. “They were working hard, and they were like, ‘I’m going to make it to the top’. For me, it was just like too good of an opportunity to say no to. I had no idea it would go this far.”
While Cloud’s distinct, gravelly voice on-screen and off gave many the impression he was playing himself in “Euphoria,” he resisted comparisons to his character Fez.