Cameron Boyce's parents on his sudden death: 'It was just a nightmare'

The Disney Channel star died in July after suffering a seizure in his sleep because of epilepsy.

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By Gina Vivinetto

The parents of Disney Channel star Cameron Boyce are opening up about their son's tragic death last summer.

Boyce was just 20 years old when he died July 6 after suffering a seizure in his sleep caused by epilepsy. Now, in an emotional interview on "The Doctors," Victor and Libby Boyce are sharing details about the tragedy to raise awareness about SUDEP, or sudden unexpected death in epilepsy.

On July 5, the couple took Cameron and his younger sister, Maya, to dinner, where the family enjoyed a happy evening together. "We were sitting outside joking and laughing like we always do. It was just a really fun night," recalled Victor.

Cameron Boyce rose to fame as the star of the Disney Channel series "Jessie" and went on to star in the "Descendants" movie franchise.Paul Archuleta / FilmMagic

"In the morning, I get a call from (Cameron's) roommate. And then he told me," Victor continued. "It was like all of a sudden I was in a cloud, like everything just went white. I'm just losing my mind in the parking lot. I tell my daughter. We're both screaming and crying."

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Victor scrambled to drive to his son's North Hollywood home. "I still didn't believe it. There was no way this was true. It was just a nightmare," he shared.

Cameron, who was born and raised in Los Angeles, shot to fame as one of the stars of the Disney Channel sitcom "Jessie" and went on to star in its "Descendants" movie franchise.

His parents remembered their son's vivacious personality. "The party didn't start until he got there," his father proudly shared.

The young actor suffered his first seizure when he was 16 1/2. "It was in his sleep. It was a night when he had two friends sleeping over and they witnessed it," said Libby.

About a year later, Cameron suffered another seizure and was diagnosed with epilepsy. However, the condition didn't interfere much with his busy life.

"He only ever had five seizures in his life," Libby revealed.

Because his seizures were so infrequent, Cameron's parents believed they would not be "debilitating."

"He always had them in his sleep and the worst thing that would happen was he would bite his tongue and he would wake up with a headache," Victor recalled.

The couple's grief since the death of their son — whom Libby called "my sunshine" — has been agonizing.

"I feel as though I'm in a tunnel. The tunnel will always be there. I will never be out of the tunnel. So, if people say, 'You come out the other side' — you do not come out the other side from this kind of a loss, ever," Libby shared.

Fighting back tears, Victor added, "I am not supposed to outlive my son."