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*This page has been updated on 9/22/23 to reflect updated information.* Angus Cloud’s cause of death has officially been determined an accidental overdose, according to the Alameda County Coroner’s office in California. According to a spokesperson for the office, Cloud died from a “lethal combination of Fentanyl, Cocaine, Benzodiazepines, and Methamphetamine.”
Angus Cloud, best known for his role in the HBO drama Euphoria as Fezco, has died at 25, according to family members.
In a statement released on Monday, Cloud’s family said, “It is with the heaviest heart that we had to say goodbye to an incredible human today. 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. 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.”
While an official cause of death has not yet been determined by authorities, TMZ has reported that a 911 call made around 11:30 AM on Monday by Cloud’s mother stated a “possible overdose,” and noted that Cloud did not have a pulse. He would later be pronounced dead on the scene.
According to a video taken just two days before his passing, Cloud was seen at the debut album launch party of MacArthur Maze, a Bay Area-based rap group, with his close friend and the band’s photographer, where he appeared to be laughing and enjoying himself. Friends who were with him that night said, “He was happy, very happy to be home. He was in Ireland for a while, we spoke about his dad recently, he was sad about it, but he seemed to be doing okay.”
Cloud is survived by his mother, Lisa Cloud Hickey, and his two sisters, Molly Hickey and Fiona Hickey.
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Sources close to the family, according to TMZ, say that Angus had been dealing with severe suicidal thoughts after returning from a trip to Ireland, where they laid his father to rest. Sources also confirmed that he was staying with family members to help grieve.
While Cloud’s family has refrained from weighing in on the cause of death, their statement appears to allude to his father’s passing as being a factor in his sudden passing.
For many, the death of a family member, whether sudden or expected, can be a traumatizing event that can lead to substance abuse, addiction, and potentially an accidental overdose. Trauma via the loss of a family member is also a leading cause of major depressive disorder, which can also increase a person’s likelihood for both suicidal ideation and substance abuse.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide was responsible for 48,183 deaths in 2021, which is about one death every 11 minutes. In 2021, an estimated 12.3 million American adults seriously thought about suicide, 3.5 million planned a suicide attempt, and 1.7 million attempted suicide. Additionally, in 2021, suicide was among the top 9 leading causes of death for people ages 10-64; and was the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-14 and 20-34.
While Angus Cloud’s cause of death has yet to be officially determined, what is clear is that the actor was struggling with what family members said were “severe suicidal thoughts since returning from Ireland.”
Cloud’s tragic passing has reinvigorated conversations on social media about the importance of mental health and suicide prevention. According to Laura Erickson-Schroth, chief medical officer for The Jed Foundation, a mental health nonprofit that works to prevent suicide among teens and young adults, Cloud’s age and reliability, both likely played a role in why so many people on social media said they felt gutted by the news of his death.
“This is someone who young people identify with and can see themselves in and follow closely online,” said Erickson-Schroth. “It’s a feeling of closeness to someone or feeling that you may have a similar life to them, or a similar trajectory, that hits a bit harder.”
If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, call or text the national suicide hotline at 988, or chat online using 988lifeline.org.
For support for yourself, a friend, or a family member who may be struggling with an addiction, contact a treatment provider today to learn more about treatment options.
Zachary Pottle earned his B.A. in Professional Writing from Saint Leo University and has over three years of journalistic experience. His passion for writing has led him to a career in journalism, where he specializes in writing about stories in the pain management and healthcare industry. His main goal as a writer is to bring readers accurate, trustworthy content that serve as useful resources for bettering their lives or the lives of those around them.