Euphoria star Angus Cloud was so grief stricken by his father’s death he was too traumatised to even attend a private ceremony to scatter his ashes, family friends have revealed.
The 25-year-old actor, who earlier this week was found dead at his home in California, was said by other mourners to be ‘very emotional’ as he struggled to come to terms with the death of his father Conor Hickey.
The breakout star of the HBO series, where he played drug dealer Fezco O’Neill, had flown to Ireland with his mother and twin sisters to scatter the ashes at a 100-acre farm still owned by his late father.
While other family members attended a brief ceremony at the farm in Laurelstown, County Meath, Angus remained hidden away in his hotel room about three miles away.
Family friend Mick Gleeson said: ‘He was just so traumatised that he could not attend. He was in a very bad way and in total shock. He was in such a fragile state and struggling with the death of his father.
Euphoria star Angus Cloud was so grief stricken by his father’s death he was too traumatised to even attend a private ceremony to scatter his ashes, family friends have revealed
A social media photo showing Mr Hickey with Angus (middle) and his wife, Lisa Cloud (right)
Angus was so grief-stricken by the death of his father that he travelled to Ireland but was too upset to attend a family ceremony to scatter his ashes at the family’s 100-acre estate (above)
‘He was like a rabbit caught in the headlights and was just unable to come to terms with his loss.
‘I sat down with him and said he was now the man of the family, and he just could not handle it. He was a broken man.’
Another friend added: ‘I think coming back to his father’s place of birth and all that contained was just too much for him. He could not face the final goodbye to his father.
‘It is awful that he felt so overcome that his own life has come to an end.’
Angus was able to later regain his composure and was taken back to the family farm by an aunt to scatter some of the ashes.
He was also able to attend two other private ceremonies as the extended Hickey family said goodbye to Conor.
One took place in the cemetery where the ashes were scattered over the graves of his parents and another in Count Offaly where Mr Hickey’s family originally came from.
Conor Hickey died from cancer on May 18th at the age of 65.
He was cremated in a private ceremony in Oakland, California, and his wife Lisa later held a memorial service attended by over 100 people at a marina near their home.
Mr Hickey had lived in Oakland, California, since the early 1980s after emigrating to the US from his home village in County Meath.
Angus and his twin sisters Molly and Fiona were all born in the US.
Family members have revealed Angus had struggled with severe suicidal thoughts following the passing of his dad who was described as ‘his best friend’.
Mourners who saw Angus during a weekend visit to County Meath said he had been in a ‘highly emotional state.’
Euphoria star Angus Cloud died two weeks after sharing an Instagram tribute to his father, Conor Hickey
‘Miss u breh’, the actor wrote in one of his final Instagram posts on July 14
The actor and his family stayed at the Kettle Country House hotel – a venue he knew well booked into the hotel several times during previous trips to Ireland.
Staff said the actor had looked ‘very upset’ and was ‘very quiet’ during his stay.
‘We did see him, but he was not really talking to anyone and was very quiet’ said a staff member.
His late father’s sisters Gay, Mary and Margaret, along with friends from the Ashbourne Rugby Club where Conor was a popular player attended the private ceremony.
The group walked to one of the fields near a two-storey house at the entrance to the farm to scatter the ashes.
Angus was able to join the family and friends at a second ceremony when ashes were scattered over the graves of Mr Hickey’s parents at the sprawling Glasnevin Cemetery near Dublin.
Friends of the family do not believe Angus will have his ashes scattered in County Meath.
His cousin Gerald Hough, who runs a pub in Banagher County Offaly, said the young actor will be missed.
He told MailOnline: ‘We are all deeply saddened at the loss of Angus, leaving behind so many broken hearted family and friends.
‘He was an immense talent and kindhearted soul he will be missed by all of us.
‘We shared a great night at J.J Houghs Singing Pub last summer at a family reunion and these are memories we will cherish forever.
‘He was great craic and as Irish as you can get, he even shot a scene with me for my annual Christmas ad for The Pub May he Rest in Peace.’
Family friend Noel McLaughlin told MailOnline: ‘Angus used to love coming back to County Meath with his father who made a point of returning every year.
‘He did love it here, and the pair of them would go out shooting in the fields.
‘It is tragic what has happened, and Angus was very upset when he was here.
‘It will be up to his mother where she decides his resting place will be.’
Angus, who appeared in several films yet to be released including ‘Scream 7’ had paid tribute to this father on Instagram in one of his final social media posts just two weeks before his own death.
He shared a touching image of his smiling father in a red hoodie and sweats with the caption ‘miss u breh’.
Angus ‘intensely struggled’ with his father’s death, according to a family statement
The actor and his family had flown into Dublin airport on July 19 and stayed at the Kettle County House hotel for five nights.
They returned to the US on July 23nd. One of his aunts had travelled from her home in Canada, the other from Aberdeen in Scotland and another from across the border in Derry in Northern Ireland.
Angus was found unresponsive at the Hickey family home in Oakland by his mum Lisa, a former university professor.
It was reported Lisa had told Oakland Police about a ‘possible overdose in an emergency call.
The actor was pronounced dead at the scene.
A post mortem to determine cause of death is due to take place later this week.
His family confirmed his death in a statement on Monday.
It said:’ It is with the heaviest heart that we had to say goodbye to an incredible human today. As an artist, a friend, a brother and a son. Angus was special to all of us in so many ways.
‘Last week he buried his father and intensely struggled with this loss. The only comfort we have is knowing Angus is now reunited with his dad, who was his best friend.
‘Angus was open about his battle with mental health and we hope that his passing can be a reminder to others that they are not alone and should not fight this on their own in silence.
‘We hope the world remembers him for his humour, laughter and love for everyone.’
Tributes have been paid to the actor from cast members from the series Euphoria.
The series Emmy-winning star Zendaya took to Instagram to share a heartfelt post. ‘Words are not enough to describe the infinite beauty that is Angus,’ she wrote. ‘I’m so grateful I got the chance to know him in this life, to call him a brother, to see his warm kind eyes and bright smile, or hear his infectious cackle of a laugh (I’m smiling now just thinking of it)… I’ll cherish every moment.’
Actress Sydney Sweeney, shared a collection of photos and clips featuring Cloud and calling him ‘an open soul, with the kindest heart.’ ‘This is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to post,’ adding she was ‘struggling to find all the words.’