Disney Channel star's death shines a light on epilepsy

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LANSING, MI (WILX) - We are now being told by the family of Disney Channel star Cameron Boyce that the actor battled epilepsy.

This revelation comes after the 20-year-old actor died in his sleep Saturday afternoon.

However, Boyce's death is also hitting close to home for one Michigan father.

Jeff Wilson and his wife spent more than a decade trying to make sense of the death of their daughter, Jenna Rose Generose.

The 19-year-old college student died after she had a seizure.

She had epilepsy like Cameron Boyce.

When it happened, the family didn't know much about epilepsy.

Says Wilson, "We had never heard of SUDEP. We didn't realize that by her getting into a garden tub, taking a relaxing bubble bath, that she would possibly drown. And that's exactly what happened.""

SUDEP stands for sudden unexpected death in epilepsy.

Wilson say he hopes Boyce's death will help more people get educated about epilepsy.

Research says more than three million people in the United States have epilepsy.

More than one hundred thousand cases can be found in Michigan.

To find out more about SUDEP click on the following link.

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