Angus Cloud's tragic life from broken skull after freak accident to dad's death

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Angus Cloud's tragic life from broken skull after freak accident to dad's death

Euphoria star Angus Cloud almost died 10 years before his tragic death in a terrifying accident.

The talented actor, who played Fezco in the HBO series, has passed away, aged 25, following the funeral of his father, Conor, just a week ago. The star's family have paid tribute to a 'special son' in a heartbreaking statement shared today. Angus spoke out about reuniting with his Euphoria co-stars just months before his death, but it wasn't to be as we look back at the talented star's tragically short life.

Brain damage after skull injury

Angus suffered a near fatal head injury, 10 years before his tragic death. Opening up about the harrowing injury in the 2022 Power of Young Hollywood issue of Variety, he shared: "It's real. I broke my skull on Friday the 13th."

Angus Cloud's tragic life from broken skull after freak accident to dad's death eideziqkeiqhhinvEuphoria star Angus Cloud almost died 10 years before his tragic death in a terrifying accident (AFP via Getty Images)

In 2013, the actor was walking in his hometown of Oakland, US, when he fell into a construction pit below. "I woke up 12 hours later at the bottom," Angus explained. "I was trapped. I eventually climbed out after – I don't know how long. It was hella hard to climb out, because my skull was broken, but my skin wasn't, so all the bleeding was internal, pressing up against my brain. But they wasn't gonna find me down there. I found myself. Or God found me, whatever you want to call it."

The actor ended up with a noticeable scar, which ran the length of his skull. Explaining more about his life-saving surgery, he said: "That's what the scar's from. They cut my head open, they put some screws and a plate over where I broke my skull and – s**t – sealed me back up, and that was that."

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Angus also revealed he suffered "minor brain damage" after the accident, sharing: "The brain is so fragile. It was damn near like nothing really happened. I'm so blessed to just have minor brain damage. You know, it's so minor it ain't even really worth speaking about."

Voicing hopes for series 3 of Euphoria

Angus had spoken out about reuniting with his Euphoria co-stars just months before his tragic death. The HBO series was preparing for its third season after the huge success of the first two series, but fans have had to be patient with the second season finale airing in February 2022.

Angus Cloud's tragic life from broken skull after freak accident to dad's deathAngus had spoken out about reuniting with his Euphoria co-stars just months before his tragic death (HBO/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock)

Last October, Angus shared his hopes to get Fezco back on screens again with his character last seen being dragged away by police following a gunfight, which saw his adoptive brother Ashtray (Javon Wavon) fatally shot. "I can't wait to get back to work with everyone. I feel like it's been way too long. I just can't wait to see everyone and working on set again," Angus told E! News before adding he was "definitely not sure what to expect" for Fezco in season three.

Following Angus' death, the HBO series' official Twitter account paid tribute to the actor as they wrote: "We are incredibly saddened to learn of the passing of Angus Cloud. He was immensely talented and a beloved part of the HBO and Euphoria family. We extend our deepest condolences to his friends and family during this difficult time."

Losing his father

Angus lost his father just weeks before his own life was cut short. Conor Hickey was the actor's 'best friend' according to Angus' family. Though Angus was born and raised in California, most of his family hail from Ireland and both of his parents worked as university professors throughout their life. According to a memorial made by Conor's former rugby team, the proud father died "after a short illness."

Sharing a heartbreaking tribute to Conor on his Instagram on July 14, Angus posted a photo of his dad, beaming in a bright red hoodie, with the caption: "Miss you breh." After hearing news of Angus' tragic passing weeks after the death of his father, one fan replied to the post saying: "This is the truly the saddest news."

Tragic death

Angus tragically died just one week after his father's funeral. A statement released by the star's family paid tribute to the special bond the two shared, saying: "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."

According to TMZ, Oakland Police Department responded to a 911 call at 11.30am by Angus' mother reporting a "possible overdose." In a statement shared with The Mirror, a spokesperson for the force said: "The Oakland Police Department (OPD) is investigating a death that occurred today, July 31, 2023, just after 11:30 AM, in the 200 block of Euclid Avenue.

"The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. The cause of death is unknown. There's no additional information being released at this time. This is an active death investigation."

A statement shared by Angus's family paid tribute to a 'special son', saying: "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.

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"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. We hope the world remembers him for his humour, laughter and love for everyone."

Victoria Johns

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