Oakland’s Angus Cloud died from an accidental overdose involving fentanyl, coroner says

The 25-year-old ‘Euphoria’ star reportedly struggled with drug addiction that in recent years had led to at least one stint in rehab and multiple relapses and efforts to stay sober

The Alameda County Coroner’s Office announced Thursday that Oakland actor Angus Cloud died July 31 from an accidental overdose of fentanyl, cocaine, methamphetamine, and other substances.

The coroner’s office stated that the 25-year-old “Euphoria” star suffered “acute intoxication” from the combination of drugs, which also included benzodiazepine.

This conclusion is consistent with Cloud’s mother, Lisa Cloud, who disputed early reports that he committed suicide. “He did not intend to end his life,” she wrote on Facebook six days after her son died in the family’s Oakland home.

Cloud’s family acknowledged after his death that he had “intensely struggled” with the death of his father, Conor Hickey, from an aggressive form of cancer on May 18. The family also stated that the upcoming TV and film actor had been candid about his mental health issues. Meanwhile, friends and Cloud’s former manager revealed that he had a serious drug addiction that had led to at least one stint in rehab and multiple relapses and attempts to stay sober in recent years.

Lisa Cloud admitted on Facebook that her son’s “struggles were real” and that he had recently returned home. She also talked about the last time she saw him alive.

“When we hugged goodnight, we said how much we loved each other, and he said he would see me in the morning,” Cloud explained. “I have no idea what he put in his body after that.” I only know he laid his head on the desk where he was working on art projects, fell asleep, and did not wake up.”

The following morning, at 11:30 a.m., a woman believed to be Cloud’s mother called 911 to report a “possible overdose” and to report that her son had no pulse. Cloud was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Oakland police.

The actor and model’s death shocked the entertainment industry and his hometown of Oakland. The Oakland School of the Arts graduate was known as a multi-talented young performer, as well as an avid skater and a staunch supporter of his hometown and its community of actors, musicians, and artists.

Cloud rose to prominence as Fez, a sweet-natured drug dealer in “Euphoria,” HBO’s hit series about teenagers dealing with drug addiction and other issues. According to Lisa Cloud, her son “gave and received so much love and support from his tribe.” “His work in ‘Euphoria’ became a lightning rod for his generation,” she said, “and opened up a conversation about compassion, loyalty, acceptance, and love.”

The bereaved mother also expressed gratitude in her note that the family was able to enjoy the past ten years of Cloud’s life after he survived a head injury in 2013. In a 2022 interview, the actor revealed that he suffered a broken skull and internal injuries after falling into a construction pit by accident. Cloud claimed he was on the verge of death.

“His head injury 10 years ago miraculously didn’t result in death, as it almost always does,” Lisa Cloud said. “He was given ten extra years, which he filled with creativity and love.”

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