Zendaya has paid an emotional tribute to her Euphoria co-star Angus Cloud following his death aged 25, saying “words are not enough to describe the infinite beauty” of the late actor.
The US actress, who plays the lead role of recovering addict Rue on the popular HBO series, said she would remember Cloud for “all of the boundless light, love and joy he always managed to give us”.
Cloud, who played drug dealer Fezco O’Neill in 17 episodes of the drama, died on Monday.
Sharing a black and white photo of him on Instagram, Zendaya wrote: “Words are not enough to describe the infinite beauty that is Angus (Conor).
“I’m so grateful I got the chance to know him in this life, to call him a brother, to see his warm kind eyes and bright smile, or hear his infectious cackle of a laugh (I’m smiling now just thinking of it).
“I know people use this expression often when talking about folks they love…’they could light up any room they entered’ but boy let me tell you, he was the best at it.
“I’d like to remember him that way. For all of the boundless light, love and joy he always managed to give us. I’ll cherish every moment.”
Cloud died at his family’s home in Oakland, California, after burying his father in Ireland last week.
The actor was one of the breakout stars of Euphoria, appearing alongside Zendaya, Sydney Sweeney and Jacob Elordi.
Other cast members including Colman Domingo, who played Ali Muhammad in the series, posted tributes on Tuesday.
Sharing a picture of a smiling Cloud taking a selfie with the cast in his orange suit at the Euphoria premiere, Domingo wrote: “And that was his smile. That was him. May he rest sweetly in peace.”
Canadian rapper Drake, who serves as an executive producer on the series, also shared a tribute, calling Cloud a “good soul”.
In 2022, Twitter said Euphoria was the most tweeted-about show of the decade in the US and that Cloud’s character had the most posts.
Cloud was plucked from obscurity to land his role in Euphoria, after being spotted walking down the street by a talent scout in New York.
His family said they hoped he would be remembered for “his humour, laughter and love”.
They added: “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.”
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