Angels Of Epilepsy Newsletter
August - #AOENEWS, Articles, Blogs, Events, & More!
Cameron died of epilepsy on July 6, the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner confirmed on Tuesday. He was 20.
“The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner determined the cause of death for actor Cameron Boyce was sudden unexpected death in epilepsy,” the coroner said in a statement.
“On July 8, an autopsy was performed, and the cause and manner of death were deferred.”
“After additional testing, the cause of death was determined to be sudden unexpected death in epilepsy.”
The star’s “manner of death was certified as natural,” the coroner concluded.
New York City’s medical examiner has ruled that Layleen Polanco, a transgender Afro-Latinx woman who was found dead in a jail cell at Rikers Island in June, died of complications from epilepsy. Polanco was arrested in April on misdemeanor charges and jailed for two months after she was unable to post $500 bail.
She was found dead in a solitary confinement cell in early June. In a statement, the Epilepsy Foundation wrote, “Layleen Polanco’s death is an absolute tragedy, and her passing further underscores the dangers of solitary confinement, which isolates already medically fragile people from observation and care.”
Blog by: Kelly Cervantes
This week was the third anniversary of my first performance in Hamilton. I remember lying down in May of 2016 listening to Renée Goldsberry's beautiful and sad voice singing, "There are moments that the words don't reach…”, from “Quiet Uptown” in Hamilton. I remember feeling the tears falling down my cheeks and I bet many can say they have been in a similar situation while listening to that song. The difference is that I was listening to the song in between my 3rd and 4th auditions for the role of Alexander Hamilton. Also, at that time, I was sleeping on a fold out bed in a hospital room while my daughter was hooked up to what would be her first of many EEG’s. I got the job and we moved to Chicago all while learning just how bad of shape Adelaide was in.
Helping Daddy record “‘Til The Calm Comes”
My experience with Hamilton and epilepsy will forever be intertwined. The greatest moments of my professional life in the same pot with the worst days of my personal life. An amazing 5-star entree with a side of shit sandwich and I have to eat it all. I would be lying if I said I haven't often wondered if the Cervantes family is getting cheated. Obviously, we were denied the daughter/sister that we had hoped for, but as I have been thrust into the spotlight as A.Ham, and all the amazing experiences that go along with it, my mind and my heart are never far from the difficult situation that we face every single day at home. What would this Hamilton experience be like if epilepsy.
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- 1 pound large shrimp deveined and peeled
- 3 tablespoons canola oil divided
- 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice about 1-2 medium limes, divided
- 1 to 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce finely minced, about 1 tablespoons
- 1 teaspoon adobo sauce the liquid from the can of peppers
- 2 cloves garlic pressed
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 3/4 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Bowl Ingredients
- 4 cups cooked brown rice
- 1 15.5 ounce can black beans drained and warmed
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes sliced
- 1 large avocado pitted and chopped
- 4 green onions chopped
- 1/4 cup red onion chopped
- Fresh cilantro
- Lime wedges
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