(KRON) — Angus Cloud, the actor best known for his role in the HBO series “Euphoria,” has been found dead at his family’s home in Oakland. The news was first reported in TMZ that later corroborated by an additional report in Variety.
Cloud starred as the drug dealer Fezco “Fez” O’Neill on 16 episodes of the HBO show in addition to appearances in “North Hollywood,” “The Perfect Women,” and music videos with Becky G and Juice WRLD.
Cloud, who was born in Oakland according to his IMDB page, recently lost his father.
“Last week he buried his father and intensely struggled with this loss,” his family said in a statement. “The only comfort we have is knowing Angus is now reunited with his dad, who was his best friend. Angus was open about his battle with mental health and 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.”
“We hope the world remembers him for his humor, laughter and love for everyone,” his family added.
The Oakland Fire Department was dispatched to Cloud’s family home at around 11:30 a.m. for a medical emergency. Upon arrival, EMS personnel determined the patient was already deceased.
The body was left in the care of the police department and coroner, according to Oakland FD PIO, Michael Hunt.
The cause of death is unknown.
Cloud hadn’t acted before he was cast in “Euphoria.” He was walking down the street in New York when casting scout Eléonore Hendricks noticed him. Cloud was resistant at first, suspecting a scam. Then casting director Jennifer Venditti met with him and series creator Sam Levinson eventually made him a co-star in the series alongside Zendaya for its first two seasons.
To some, Cloud seemed so natural as Fez that they suspected he was identical to the character — a notion that Cloud pushed back against.
“It does bother me when people are like, ‘It must be so easy! You get to go in and be yourself.’ I’m like, ‘Why don’t you go and do that?’ It’s not that simple,” Cloud told Variety. “I brought a lot to the character. You can believe what you want. It ain’t got nothing to do with me.”
The part made Cloud the breakout star of one the buzziest shows in television. He had a supporting role in his first film, “The Line,” a college drama starring Alex Wolff and John Malkovich that premiered earlier this year at the Tribeca Festival. Cloud was recently cast to co-star in “Scream 6.”
He was 25 years old.
“We are incredibly saddened to learn of the passing of Angus Cloud,” said HBO in a tweet posted to Euphoria’s account on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter. “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.”
The Oakland Police Department said it is actively investigating the death.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.