Jul 21, 2021
Dove Cameron Calls Late Friend and Costar Cameron Boyce the Most Alive Person Ive Ever Met
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It's been two years since the tragic death of actor Cameron Boyce at the age of just 20 years old — and one of his closest friends is working hard to keep his memory strong.© Provided by People Shutterstock
"He was the most alive person I'd ever met," Dove Cameron tells PEOPLE, calling her former Descendants costar "my soulmate."
"People who didn't even know him were rocked by his death. He was just someone who should never end, let alone end so early and disturbingly and unjustly," she adds.
Boyce, a child star who rose to fame on Disney hits Bunk'd, Jessie and The Descendants franchise, died in July 2019 after suffering a seizure in his sleep due to epilepsy.
"It's the only death I've experienced that I can't find a soft place to land around it," says Cameron, who currently stars in Apple TV+'s Schmigadoon!© Provided by People Dove Cameron Instagram Dove Cameron and Cameron Boyce
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"I speak to [Descendants star] Booboo [Stewart] or [director] Kenny [Ortega] because I can only truly find comfort in the people who knew him in the same way that I did. And I find solace in speaking to his family and our community."
Earlier this year, Cameron got a tattoo in Boyce's honor: a revolver with a bouquet, a nod to Boyce's gun reform foundation, Wielding Peace.
"The idea is giving young kids an alternative to gun violence," says Cameron. "The organization was very important to him. I hope one day I'll find peace around [Boyce's death]. And I think the best way to have Cameron continue on is to do the work that was important to him."© Provided by People Shutterstock
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American Samoan teacher cites bias for airline treatment
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The American Samoan teacher of the year said she and an Asian American friend were refused a free hotel room and other benefits provided to a white male friend when their American Airlines flight from north Alabama was canceled.
Sabrina Suluai-Mahuka told WIAT-TV that she believed discrimination was behind the slight, which followed a recent trip to attend Space Camp, a program of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, with other U.S. teachers of the year.
“My friend is Korean, and I am Samoan-Filipino. I am dark-skinned, I have tattoos over my body, and (the man) is the definition of a white American male,” she said. “We flew on the same airline. Why did the policy suddenly change when it came to a white male?”
The airline said a mistake, not discrimination, was behind the problem. It said it was contacting Suluai-Mahuka and would reimburse her hotel expenses.
“American Airlines strives to ensure all customers feel cared for throughout their journey. We’re deeply concerned by the allegations shared and are working to investigate the matter further,” the company said in a statement.
Suluai-Mahuka said she asked for overnight accommodations when her flight was canceled because of weather, but the request was refused, as was a request from a friend of Korean heritage.
Soon after, Ohio teacher of the year Anthony Coy-Gonzalez, a friend of Suluai-Mahuka, found out his American flight was canceled and was given overnight accommodations and more.
“My friends and fellow teachers of the year, both AAPI, were denied the privilege I was offered 20 minutes later with the same representatives when our flight was canceled,” Coy-Gonzalez said in a social media post. “They were given nothing but dismissal when they requested help. I walked in and was offered a hotel, taxi, and meal without asking. Same flight. Same time. Same airline. American Airlines, this is not okay.”
American has a policy against providing housing to passengers when a flight is canceled, the company’s statement said, but an initial investigation showed a worker incorrectly provided one hotel voucher after Flight 5113 was canceled Monday.
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