"Hamilton" star Miguel Cervantes and his wife are mourning the loss of their daughter Adelaide, 3.
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Meet the newest addition to the Cervantes household, a @nicholaskontaxisart piece titled “A Mission”, bought at last night’s #walkwithmechicago art show benefitting @cureepilepsy. Nicholas may have #epilepsy but it is quite obvious that epilepsy doesn’t have him. Keep fighting, creating and sharing Nicholas! We’re honored to know you and fight alongside you. #lovelifehateepilepsy #cureepilepsy #epilepsyawareness #adelaideybug
Adelaide passed away on Saturday, just days before her 4th birthday. She had been battling seizures for most of her life; her first one happened when she was only 7 months old.
In a statement, Miguel and his wife Kelly said, “The Cervantes family is heartbroken to announce that their baby girl Adelaide Grace passed away early Saturday morning. She was held in the loving arms of her family as she peacefully achieves the ‘calm’ for which they’ve been searching for so long. They would like to extend their deepest, heartfelt gratitude to all who have reached out with words of support and prayer and will continue to feel all the love as they go through this difficult time.”
On Sunday, Kelly also posted a pic of Adelaide’s room, writing on Instagram, “The machines are off. Her bed is empty. The quiet is deafening. Miss Adelaide Grace left us early Saturday morning. 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.”
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The machines are off. Her bed is empty. The quiet is deafening. Miss Adelaide Grace left us early Saturday morning. 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 Adelaideybug and forever after 💔💜
Miguel will be taking a break from his leading role in the Chicago production of “Hamilton” to process Adelaide’s death. He tweeted on Sunday, “Dear everyone. Just wanted you to know that @KellyGC411, Jackson and I are doing ok. We are comforted knowing there are so many people sending positive vibes… We will be celebrating her life and legacy soon.”
Just before her passing, Kelly gushed about their little girl, telling People magazine, “Oh, she was feisty as hell. She is a warrior. I have never met someone stronger in my life. She shared her opinions in her own way. She came into the world and she had a mission and a story. I’m so proud that no one will ever forget her story.”
Kelly and Miguel have been opened about their daughter’s struggles over the years on their blog “Inchstones.” Kelly shared, “The blog has been incredibly therapeutic. It’s very difficult to go through this process in a public way, but we have made so many connections with other people who are going through the same thing we are. I mean, there are families in Georgia who have never heard of infantile spasms (IS.) To be able to raise awareness gives me purpose.”
“Without her condition, we would have never met the strong and amazing people we are surrounded by right now,” Miguel emphasized. “We have been giving this platform to talk about infantile spasms and epilepsy. And we have been given this platform to tell people about Adelaide. And that’s exactly what we intend to do.”