Chris Trousdale, former member of Dream Street, has reportedly died from COVID-19. He was 34.
"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," a statement post on Trousdale's Twitter on Wednesday read. "Although it felt like he belonged to us all, the family is requesting that privacy be respected during this difficult time."
Jesse McCartney, who was in Dream Street with Trousdale, also confirmed the news on his Instagram.
"It pains me to say that an old friend, Chris Trousdale, from my early days in the music industry has passed away due to complications from COVID-19," McCartney wrote on Wednesday. "Chris had an explosively charming personality with boundless amounts of talent. Together we made up two of the five members of a boyband called DreamStreet. We were young kids with budding talent who shared an overwhelming love for music and performing."
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It pains me to say that an old friend, Chris Trousdale, from my early days in the music industry has passed away due to complications from COVID-19. Chris had an explosively charming personality with boundless amounts of talent. Together we made up two of the five members of a boyband called DreamStreet. We were young kids with budding talent who shared an overwhelming love for music and performing. Chris, in my opinion, was the most popular among us, who had a way of drawing every eye to what he was doing on stage. As an incredibly trained dancer, he would pick up an entire dance number in a matter of minutes; something that would take the rest of us days. I truly envied him as a performer. We were a part of something people never get to experience in an entire lifetime at the tender ages of 12 and 14. Although we were a band for only 3 years, at that age, it felt like a lifetime and we built a real brotherhood. In later years, we would grow apart as our lives would take different turns, but I would often reflect on our early days together and think about how exciting it all was. My deepest sympathies go out to his mother whom I know cherished him dearly. RIP Chris. I’ll never forget your smile. #DreamStreet #ChrisTrousdale
Trousdale first appeared on Broadway as a kid, before joining Dream Street in 1999 alongside McCartney, Greg Raposo, Matt Ballinger and Frankie Galasso. The short-lived boy band went on to be known for their hit singles, "It Happens Every Time," "I Say Yeah" and "Sugar Rush." They recorded two studio albums before breaking up in 2002, following legal disputes between the singers' parents and their managers.
Trousdale went on to act and appear on shows like Disney’s Shake It Up and Austin & Ally, as well as the daytime soap Days of Our Lives. His last project, per IMDB, is the rom-com New York Christmas Wedding. In 2012, he auditioned for The Voice, but didn't make it past the blind auditions.
The Florida native also continued releasing his own music. His last single, "Summer," dropped in 2019.