Josh Gad, the actor most known for his gay role as ‘LeFou’ in Beauty and the Beast, has revealed that his nephew died in his sleep at age 20.
The 41-year-old actor took on Twitter to share the tragic loss of his nephew, Marco.
“Our beloved nephew Marco passed away in his sleep at 20, his life cut far too short and our pain far too deep,” Josh wrote on his Twitter last June 26th.
“Our family is trying to make sense of it all but your support has been incredible.”
Thank you all for your love. Our beloved nephew Marco passed away in his sleep at 20, his life cut far too short and our pain far too deep. Our family is trying to make sense of it all but your support has been incredible. ❤️❤️❤️
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) June 26, 2022
According to Daily Mail, there is still no information on Marco’s cause of death.
Josh also posted a series of photos and a heartfelt message to Marco on his Instagram.
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“Today I write this with a broken heart. Our beloved nephew Marco has left us far too early. At 20 years old, he was full of possibly and promise. To say he is gone far too soon does not do justice to the life force that he was,” Josh wrote on his Instagram.
“As his parents try to work this impossible pain, I am asking for all of you to send positive energy and love their way. He fought to make the world a better place, stood on the side of justice and light and stood up for those who needed it most,” Josh added.
“His life may be gone, but I hope and pray his memory will endure. He was truly a brilliant, creative and loving soul. Help me honor him now and celebrate a life that was only just beginning,” he concluded.
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Josh did have the support of celebrity friends on the microblogging site as a few posted sweet replies.
LeVar Burton wrote: ‘So sorry for your loss, brother. Sending love… [purple heart, praying hands, purple heart emojis]’
Actor Bradley Whitford replied: ‘Love, love, love to all of you, Josh. May his memory be a blessing.’
Sports producer David Lang wrote: ‘stay strong bud. love to all of you’
Days prior, Josh alluded to the tragedy while also reacting to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
He wrote: ‘As my family and I deal with unimaginable loss today, I am also trying to balance it with the heartbreak of the events of today. Sometimes you need a shoulder to cry on, a hand to hold or a partner to fight alongside. To every woman in fear today, I will be all of the above.
‘They want us to be apathetic. We can’t. They want us to crumble. We don’t. They want us to concede more rights and freedoms. We won’t. Grieve today. Fight tomorrow. I will be right there with you.’
Josh has two children – Ava, 11, and Isabella, 8 – with wife Ida Darvish as they were married in 2008.
He alluded to the tragedy earlier that day as he wrote: ‘Don’t ask for a lot of love by our family could use it today. [prayer hands emoji]’