According to family sources speaking to NBC News, Angus had been grappling with suicidal thoughts following his return from Ireland, where his father’s funeral had taken place just a week prior.
He departed at his family’s residence in Oakland, California, as his representatives informed NBC News. The sources revealed that he was staying with relatives while working through his grief.
In the family statement, it was expressed, “The only comfort we have is knowing Angus is now reunited with his dad, who was his best friend.” They also emphasized that Angus had been candid about his struggles with mental health, and they hoped his passing could serve as a reminder to others that they are not alone and should not suffer in silence.
The Oakland Fire Department received a dispatch around 11:30 a.m. related to the actor’s location.
“Upon arrival of Fire EMS personnel, the patient was determined to be already deceased,” stated a spokesperson via email.
As of now, the cause of death remains unknown.
In the wake of Cloud’s tragic passing, fans flooded his Instagram comment section with heartfelt tributes. A recent post, seemingly a tribute to his father, received an outpouring of condolences.
“Rip the both of you are reunited again, sweet talented soul gone too soon,” one person wrote.
“Im so sorry, sending love,” another commented. “He was so sweet.”
Most renowned for his breakout role as Fezco in the HBO teen drama, Cloud mentioned in a March interview with i-D magazine that he stood apart from other actors because he hadn’t sought fame when he accepted the role.
“They were working hard, and they were like, ‘I’m going to make it to the top,'” he said. “For me, it was just like too good of an opportunity to say no to. I had no idea it would go this far.”
Expressing deep sorrow, HBO released a statement on its social media platform, saying, “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.”
“Euphoria” creator Sam Levinson mourned the loss of Cloud.
“There was no one quite like Angus,” the director said in a statement. “He was too special, too talented and way too young to leave us so soon. He also struggled, like many of us, with addiction and depression. I hope he knew how many hearts he touched.”
Cloud’s portrayal of Fezco, a teenage drug dealer who lived with his grandmother, became popular with viewers. In the most recent season, Fezco began a romantic relationship with Maude Apatow’s character, Lexi, that fans rooted for online.
One of the closest relationships Fezco developed in the series is with his young adoptive brother, Ashtray, as Fezco took on the responsibility of being the boy’s caretaker.
Ashtray died in the season two finale during a shootout with police, a scene that many have hailed as one of Cloud’s best dramatic acting on the series.
Javon Walton, who played Ashtray, posted a tribute on Instagram to Cloud with a caption that read “rest easy brother.”
As he did more interviews, fans began to note how similar Cloud’s demeanor was becoming to his character’s. He told Variety last year that playing the typically stoic character was mentally exhausting some days.
“I’m a pretty easygoing, goofy guy,” Cloud said. “But Fezco doesn’t laugh or smile too much.”
Cloud’s personal fashion has also been on display since his 2019 “Euphoria” debut, bringing flair and personality to red-carpet events. He said in his i-D interview that growing up shopping in the thrift stores of Oakland, California, helped him develop his own personal sense of style.