Angus Cloud confirmed his love for Oakland and its neighborhood of artists

Because the demise of Angus Cloud despatched a shockwave via the leisure business, followers and critics wrote heartbreaking testimonials concerning the 25-year-old “Euphoria” actor, saying he may have been an awesome “unconventional main man” and a world trend icon whose magnificence was each uncommon and “transcendent.”

For these in Cloud’s hometown of Oakland, the loss was felt rather more personally and profoundly. From employees and college students on the Oakland Faculty for the Arts, from which he graduated, to different native artists, folks remembered him as one of many phenomenally gifted Oakland natives to make it massive, in addition to somebody at all times joyful to return house and assist the neighborhood that nurtured his expertise.

US actor Angus Cloud arrives to attend Selection’s 2022 Energy of Younger Hollywood at NeueHouse Hollywood on August 11, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Michael Tran / AFP) (Photograph by MICHAEL TRAN/AFP through Getty Photos) 

“The primary time we met him this previous Friday, at our report launch celebration, he gave us our assist,” mentioned D.Bledsoe, a member of the rap collective MacArthur Maze, about Cloud’s final public look final week. Cloud attended the discharge celebration for the collective’s new album, “Blvck Saturday,” on the Torch Lounge on San Pablo Avenue.

“He wasn’t making the night time about him, however he got here there to point out his love, which was actually admirable,” D.Bledsoe mentioned. “It was a blessing that somebody of his standing got here out to have fun our new work.”

Members of MacArthur Maze additionally appreciated that Cloud gave them a shout-out on his Instagram on July 18, directing his 7.3 million followers to observe a video of their observe, “Thank You Have a Good Day.” Cloud obtained to know the collective’s music via his childhood buddy, Josh Kennedy, who serves as their photographer.

On the celebration, Kennedy shot a number of photographs of his buddy on the celebration, smiling and searching like he was in good spirits. He informed The Solar that he was surprised to obtain a name on Monday, studying that his buddy was useless.

Oakland police, who’re investigating Cloud’s demise Monday morning, haven’t launched data on how he could have died. In a 911 name at 11:30 a.m. Monday, a lady believed to be Cloud’s mom reported a “doable overdose” and mentioned her son didn’t have a pulse, TMZ reported. Oakland police mentioned Cloud was pronounced useless on the scene.

Cloud’s household mentioned in an announcement Monday that he had had lengthy been open about his psychological well being struggles, whereas Cloud’s former supervisor, in a since-deleted Twitter thread, alleged that he was was battling “a extreme” drug dependancy that led to a stint in rehab, in addition to relapses, a previous overdose and struggles to remain sober.

Cloud’s household additionally revealed that he had been in despair over the lack of his father, Conor Hickey, who died from most cancers in Might. Cloud lately returned from his father’s native Eire, the place he, his mom and two youthful sisters traveled to carry a number of memorial ceremonies to unfold Hickey’s ashes, the Each day Mail reported. Nonetheless, a household buddy informed the Each day Mail that Cloud was “too traumatized” and in “too fragile” a way of thinking to affix his household for one of many ceremonies that passed off at a household farm.

Kennedy acknowledged his buddy’s dependancy in an interview with The Solar and mentioned “he’s been via rather a lot,” suggesting that a few of his points predated him changing into a star enjoying the kind-hearted drug vendor Fez on the hit teen sequence “Euphoria.” Kennedy additionally advised that his buddy favored coming again to Oakland as a lot as doable, largely as a result of folks didn’t deal with him like a celeb.

On its Fb web page, the Oakland Faculty for the Arts supplied its “deepest condolences” to Cloud’s household and associates.  The varsity remembered him “as a multifaceted and proficient artist in instrumental music, digital media and manufacturing design who had an enormous presence at OSA.” The varsity’s submit is noteworthy in that Cloud informed the New York Instances in 2022 that he didn’t act in any respect whereas in highschool faculty, however as a substitute targeted on constructing units and doing lighting and sound for its theater productions.

Performing all of the sudden turned a risk when he was found in 2018, whereas working as a waiter in New York Metropolis, he informed the Instances. A Hollywood expertise Scott noticed him strolling down the road in Greenwich Village and introduced him to the eye of “Euphoria” creator Sam Levinson. Cloud’s expertise and seem stood out sufficient that Levinson made him a co-star within the sequence, alongside future Emmy Award winner Zendaya, who additionally grew up in Oakland and attended the Oakland Faculty for the Arts.

The varsity additionally praised Cloud for his skateboarding. Two weeks earlier than his demise, Cloud shared a nostalgic picture of when he frolicked as a boy within the skateboard neighborhood at historic DeFremery Park in West Oakland. In his Instagram submit, Cloud tagged native artist and humanities educator Keith “Ok-Dub” Williams, who is named the “godfather” of the Oakland skateboarding neighborhood for remodeling the house, often called City Park, into vacation spot for youth and adults of all ages and ability ranges, Huck journal reported in 2015.

In his submit, Cloud referred to Williams as his “godfather” and “Oakland royalty.” Following Cloud’s demise, Williams paid tribute to his younger buddy, sharing a photograph on Instagram of Cloud as a boy in a City Park hoodie. He wrote, “You’re liked by many.”

Cloud lately celebrated his hometown in one other manner, by engaged on the upcoming movie, “Freaky Tales,” which relies on the childhood recollections of “Captain Marvel” co-director Ryan Fleck, who was born in Berkeley and grew up in Berkeley and Oakland, in response to Deadline. The movie is about in Oakland in 1987 and is comprised of 4 interconnected tales, every that includes real-life places and a few historic occasions. Cloud co-stars within the movie with Pedro Pascal, Ben Mendelsohn and Jack Champion, whereas Grammy-winning Oakland native Raphael Saadiq oversees the movie’s music.

Fleck, who co-wrote and -directed “Freaky Tales” together with his common collaborator Anna Boden, took time to recollect Cloud on Monday. On his Instagram, he shared a photograph of the younger actor, laughing on the set with Pascal.

Fleck captioned the picture: “Regardless of the grins, this was truly one of the intense days I’ve ever had on a film set. Angus was breath of recent air and at all times right down to attempt something. A real pleasure to work with. I didn’t know him lengthy however I’ll miss him dearly.”

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