Jesse McCartney is mourning the death of his former Dream Street bandmate Chris Trousdale, who died at the age of 34 Tuesday (June 2).
TMZ reported the death was coronavirus-related, though a statement to Billboard mentioned an “undisclosed illness.”
“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,” McCartney wrote via Instagram. “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,” he continued. “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,” he concluded. “My deepest sympathies go out to his mother whom I know cherished him dearly. RIP Chris. I’ll never forget your smile.”