Dream Street star Chris Trousdale dies at 34 following coronavirus complications
Former child star and Dream Street singer Chris Trousdale has died aged 34 following coronavirus complications.
A member of Trousdale’s family confirmed the news to TMZ revealing it was related to Covid-19. He died in a hospital in Burbank, California on Tuesday.
Trousdale is best known for being a member of the five-piece boy band Dream Street. The band were created in 1999 when he was just 14.
Trousdale, Jesse McCartney, Greg Raposo, Matt Ballinger and Frankie Galasso all performed together for three years before they disbanded.
He was scouted to be in the band after his performances in theatre. He appeared in Broadway productions of The Wizard of Oz, Beauty and the Beast and Les Miserables in his childhood.
In recent years he had a guest role on the TV show Lucifer and he released a solo single called ’Summer’ in 2019.
His family released a statement on Instagram, saying: “It is with a heavy heart that we confirm the passing of Chris Trousdale on June 2, 2020 from an undisclosed illness. He was a light to so many and will be missed dearly by his family, friends and fans all over the world.
“Although it felt like he belonged to us all, the family is requesting that you respect their privacy at this time of grieving. Should you wish to make a donation in his honor, please give to ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).
Former band member McCartney paid tribute to his friend on social media.
He wrote: "It pains me to say that an old friend, Chris Trousdale, from my early days in the music industry has passed away due to complications from Covid-19.
“Chris, in my opinion, was the most popular among us, who had a way of drawing every eye to what he was doing on stage. As an incredibly trained dancer, he would pick up an entire dance number in a matter of minutes; something that would take the rest of us days...
"My deepest sympathies go out to his mother whom I know cherished him dearly. RIP Chris. I’ll never forget your smile.”