Angus Cloud, the actor best known for portraying Fezco, a lovable drug dealer on the HBO television show “Euphoria,” died Monday at his family home in Oakland, California. He was 25.
The death was confirmed by Cait Bailey, Mr. Cloud’s representative, who shared a statement from his family. The statement did not specify a cause, but said Mr. Cloud had “struggled intensely” following the recent death of his father, Conor Hickey, who the family buried last week.
“The only comfort we have is knowing that Angus is now reunited with his father, who was his best friend,” the family said. “Angus was open about his struggle with mental health and we hope his passing can be a reminder to others that they are not alone and should not struggle with this alone in silence.”
Born Conor Angus Cloud Hickey on July 10, 1998 in Oakland, he attended the Oakland School for the Arts, according to a 2019 profile in The Wall Street Journal. He built sets and worked with lighting and sound for the high school’s theater department, according to the profile. But before his role in “Euphoria” he had never acted.
Mr. Cloud was discovered in 2018 by a casting agent who saw him walking along Mercer Street in Greenwich Village. Mr. Cloud was working as a waiter in Brooklyn at the time and thought the approach was a scam, but a friend convinced him to follow through.
“Before this, I had no desire to act,” he said in an interview with The New York Times last year. “I guess I was just in the right place at the right time.”
On “Euphoria”, Mr. Cloud quickly became a fan favorite and convinced the show’s creator to keep his character alive after his planned death in season 1, according to a casting agent. Mr. Cloud continued to play Fezco through Season 2.
Survivors include his mother, Lisa Cloud Hickey, and his two sisters, Molly Hickey and Fiona Hickey.