The entertainment world mourns the loss of an emerging talent as Angus Cloud, celebrated actor of HBO’s hit series Euphoria, has tragically passed away at the tender age of 25. Cloud, who captivated audiences with his portrayal of the complex character Fezco “Fez” O’Neill, a high school drug dealer in the teen drama, passed away on Monday at his family residence in Oakland, California, as confirmed by his publicist.
The Cloud family expressed their profound grief, stating, “It is with the heaviest heart that we had to say goodbye to an incredible human today.” Just a week prior to his death, Cloud had been in Ireland, attending his father’s funeral. His family shared that he had “intensely struggled with this loss”, which had taken a toll on his mental health. Despite the grief, the family found solace in the belief that Cloud was now “reunited with his dad, who was his best friend,” as stated in their heartfelt message.
Cloud had always been candid about his struggles with mental health, a battle that many silently wage. His family hopes that his untimely passing serves as a stark reminder for others fighting similar battles that they are not alone and should not endure their struggles in silence. As they fondly remembered him, they expressed the hope that the world would remember Angus for his humor, laughter, and unconditional love for everyone.
Cloud’s career trajectory was as unconventional as it was meteoric. He had minor acting credits in two films, North Hollywood and The Line, and had also appeared in music videos for artists such as Becky G, Karol G, and Juice WRLD. However, it was the role of Fez in Euphoria that catapulted him into the limelight and etched his name in the annals of Hollywood’s breakout stars. The character of Fez was expanded in the second season, a testament to Cloud’s extraordinary performance and the resonance that his portrayal had with the audience.
Despite the similarities between him and his on-screen character, Cloud was irked by fan comparisons to Fez. In an interview with Variety last year, he stated, “It’s not that simple. I brought a lot to the character.” As a teenager, Cloud had suffered a traumatic brain injury, which partially influenced his slow-paced voice on the show, a characteristic that became synonymous with his character.
Before his sudden rise to fame, Cloud had no real aspirations to become a star, or even an actor, as he revealed in a 2019 interview with GQ. He used to work at a chicken and waffle joint and was unexpectedly stopped in the street by an agent from a casting company. Initially skeptical and believing it to be a scam, Cloud hesitated to give her his phone number. Little did he know that this encounter would be a turning point in his life.
Euphoria, which first aired in June 2019, quickly gained popularity and by 2022, it was the most tweeted-about TV show of the decade in the US. The main character, played by Zendaya, is a 17-year-old who struggles with drug abuse, seen on screen taking the deadly opioid fentanyl and injecting morphine. The raw and graphic portrayal of addiction and its repercussions sparked conversations and debates about the show’s content. In 2022, Cloud defended the show during an interview with TMZ against accusations that it glorified drug use.
The creator of Euphoria, Sam Levinson, expressed his grief at the loss of Angus Cloud, stating, “There was no one quite like Angus. He was too special, too talented and way too young to leave us so soon.” Sydney Martin, the model who was rumored to be in an on-off relationship with Cloud, shared broken heart emojis on Instagram following the announcement of his death.
His co-star Javon “Wanna” Walton, known in the show as Cloud’s adoptive brother, Ashtray, wrote on Instagram: “Rest easy brother.” Condolences poured in from all corners, with California congresswoman Barbara Lee lamenting the loss of “Oakland’s own”, and actress Kerry Washington expressing her deep regret and wishing him “Rest in power.”
HBO, the network on which Euphoria airs, said in a statement, “Cloud was immensely talented and a beloved part of the Euphoria family.” His work and legacy will forever live on, touching the lives of countless people and making his hometown Oakland proud. His untimely passing leaves a void in the hearts of those he touched, both on and off-screen, and in the world of entertainment at large. The legacy of Angus Cloud will continue to inspire generations to come, reminding us all of the profound impact that a single performer can have on the lives of millions.