Stage and screen actor Miguel Cervantes’ daughter has passed away just days before her 4th birthday.
Adelaide Grace suffered from a rare and severe form of childhood epilepsy and Infantile Spasms.
Miguel’s wife Kelly shared a photo on Instagram of her daughter’s bedroom announcing the loss of Adelaide which has left their hearts ‘shattered.’
Kelly continued “The machines are off. Her bed is empty. The quiet is deafening.
“She went peacefully in my arms and surrounded by love. Finally, she is free from pain, reactions and seizures but leaves our hearts shattered. We love you so much Adelaide bug and forever after.”
The painful journey through Adelaide’s illness was documented through her mother Kelly’s blog Inchstones and through her work with the Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE), which raises funds for research into a cure for the devastating illness, People reported.
Miguel Cervantes takes a break
A Celebration of Life ceremony was held for her at the Harold Washington Public Library in Chicago, where Miguel shared a tribute to his daughter and those who helped her.
“To all of Adelaide’s army, to all who touched her and comforted her and tried to save her, you will always be a part of our family. Adelaide will love on in all of us,” he said, according to the Daily Mail.
“I think she’s dancing and smiling right now.”
Miguel is currently starring in the lead role of the Chicago production of hit musical Hamilton.
According to People, Miguel took a ten-day break from the award-winning musical following the death of his daughter.
The night the grieving father returned to the stage, his wife posted a picture of the stage at the CIBC Theatre in Chicago with the caption ” Tonight, I watch my husband retake the stage, life imitating art imitating life, and Adelaide is still with us but now resting heavy in our hearts.
“I am so proud of you, @mig.cervantes. I’ll be standing by your side, taking this one inchstone at a time.”
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