Chris Trousdale has died. He was 34 years old.
The dancer and singer, best known for being in the band Dream Street in the late 90s and early 2000s along with Jesse McCartney, died on 2 June 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,” a statement read on his official Instagram account.
According to People, in the comments section of another post a woman by the name of Jane Gagle who worked with the star later that he died “after a horrible battle with [an] acute strep infection that shut down his body”.
“Chris was in a coma, on life support when he passed,” she said.
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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.
Jesse McCartney later shared on Instagram that his bandmate and friend has passed away “due to complications from Covid-19”.
“Chris had an explosively charming personality with boundless amounts of talent,” he said.
“My deepest sympathies go out to his mother whom I know cherished him dearly. RIP Chris. I’ll never forget your smile.”
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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 had an explosively charming personality with boundless amounts of talent. Together we made up two of the five members of a boyband called DreamStreet. We were young kids with budding talent who shared an overwhelming love for music and performing. 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. I truly envied him as a performer. We were a part of something people never get to experience in an entire lifetime at the tender ages of 12 and 14. Although we were a band for only 3 years, at that age, it felt like a lifetime and we built a real brotherhood. In later years, we would grow apart as our lives would take different turns, but I would often reflect on our early days together and think about how exciting it all was. My deepest sympathies go out to his mother whom I know cherished him dearly. RIP Chris. I’ll never forget your smile. #DreamStreet #ChrisTrousdale
Though the 34-year-old only formed part of the band Dream Street for a few years before they disbanded, he’d already started his career in show business long before that, appearing on Broadway in The Sound of Music, Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
He also appeared in numerous television shows in recent years including Days of Our Lives, Shake It Up, Austin & Ally and Lucifer, and released a single, Summer, just last year.