Actor Daniel Mickelson has died at the age of 23, it has been confirmed.
The rising star, who was best known for starring in the series Mani, died on Sunday as the US marked the Fourth of July.
Daniel’s younger sister, Meredith Mickelson, announced the news on Monday night in an Instagram post.
Alongside a sweet photo of her with Daniel posing together on a beach as children, Meredith wrote: ‘My heart is shattered & to write this feels so wrong and i don’t even know what to say. Yesterday i lost my brother, best friend & the other half of my heart.
‘There wasn’t a person i loved more on this earth. theres no words that can do him justice that i could write. to know him was to love him. he was the happiest brightest smiley most sunshine human to exist and I’m so happy God chose me to be his sister for his whole amazing life.’
Tributes have poured in for Daniel, with Cindy Crawford’s daughter and model Kaia Gerber writing in a heartfelt post: ‘I remember that time we sat on the couch and spent the whole day coming up with our own secret language that we continued to speak every time we saw each other.
‘I wish we could go back there. I wish we were still talking in sentences that probably annoyed everyone else but made us crack up every time. I wish I was still sitting on my bathroom floor FaceTiming you, because that was the only place I had wifi and I never wanted to miss a call from you.’