Chris Trousdale, best known for his boy band days in Dream Street, has passed away. He was 34.
A family member told TMZ the singer and actor died on Tuesday at a hospital in Burbank, Calf. from coronavirus related complications. A spokesperson for the family confirmed to Yahoo Entertainment that Trousdale died from an “undisclosed illness,” but isnâ€™t commenting specifically about COVID-19 at this time.
“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,” the rep said on Wednesday. “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.”
ASPCA is the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Trousdale first made a name for himself as a child actor on Broadway, but his big break came in 1999 when he joined Dream Street. It’s the same band that helped launch Jesse McCartney’s career. Other members included Greg Raposo, Matt Ballinger and Frankie Galasso.
Dream Street split up after three years due to a legal dispute between the boys’ parents and managers. In their short amount of time, the band cranked out two albums and dance hits including “It Happens Every Time.” They also opened on tour for Aaron Carter.
After going their separate ways in 2002, Trousdale released a few songs on his own. He got back into acting and appeared on Disney channel’s Austin & Ally and Shake It Up. His theater credits include The Sound of Music, Beauty and the Beast and The Wizard of Oz. In 2012, he auditioned for The Voice.
“[Dream Street] changed my life. After Dream Street broke up, itâ€™s kind of hard to go from all that success and doing what you love every day, to doing absolutely nothing,” he said on the NBC show.
Trousdale’s mother added, “I am just so in awe of my son and how hard he’s worked all these years… I’m very proud of him.”
Although Trousdale didn’t make it past the blind auditions, he didn’t let it deter him. In 2019, he released the pop single “Summer.”
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