“It is with the heaviest heart that we had to say goodbye to an incredible human today,” the statement initially released to TMZ read. “As an artist, a friend, a brother and a son, Angus was special to all of us in so many ways.”
“Last week he buried his father and intensely struggled with this loss,” they continued. “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.”
The family urged fans and friends to remember Cloud for “his humor, laughter and love for everyone.”
Shortly after, details of his death began to surface. TMZ initially obtained the 911 call, where his mom reported a “possible overdose” at around 11:30 a.m. Monday morning.
She had found him in their Oakland, Calif., home without a pulse. The Oakland Police Department pronounced Cloud dead upon arrival.
The actor — who played Fezco “Fez” on “Euphoria” — had been mourning his father, who had just died a few weeks prior. After burying him in Ireland, Cloud returned to California and was staying with family to work through his grief, the source said.
However, to our knowledge, Cloud had not spoken openly about his own personal substance abuse issues.
Nonetheless, in February 2022, Cloud told Complex Magazine that he hoped his role in “Euphoria” taught viewers to have some “sympathy” for those battling drug addiction.”
“Because addiction is serious and a lot of doctors call it a disease, it’s a real thing. People don’t understand it. It’s easy to talk about and it’s easy to say, ‘Just say no,’” he said at the time.
“But for someone who is in active addiction, that is damn near impossible and they will throw their whole life away and they will die because of this disease or whatever, and then they will say it’s not a disease because you ‘choose’ to do drugs. You don’t ‘choose’ to do cancer.”
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741. And if you or someone you know struggles with substance use, call SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-4357 to learn about resources in your area.