The creator of Shake It Up passed away over the weekend, and Bella Thorne and Zendaya honored their mentor Chris Thompson by sharing photos from the set and writing heartfelt messages in his memory. He was 63 years old.
The K.C. Undercover actress called him "amazing, talented and loving" and thanked him for her first role as Rocky.
Bella even says that Chris was like a dad to her and "protected" her when she was growing up.
Adam Irigoyen also honored him with a sweet message, calling him an absolute genius.
Last night we lost a genius. One who will be truly missed. Among all the amazing things that came from his mind,— Adam Irigoyen (@adamirigoyen) June 28, 2015
he created something that gave 7 people their first real opportunity to showcase their talent to the world.— Adam Irigoyen (@adamirigoyen) June 28, 2015
Chris we love you and will miss you. May you rest in peace. P.s. Your bear joke will always live on as long as i'm around lol— Adam Irigoyen (@adamirigoyen) June 28, 2015
Chris was a super-important figure in their lives, and we can't believe that he passed away. The entire cast seems absolutely heartbroken — our hearts go out to all his loved ones.
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