Former Disney Cast Member Dies in Fireworks Accident

Gaston (2)Incredibly sad story:

A Disney cast member who won many guests’ hearts has died in a fireworks incident over the 4th of July 2015 weekend.

Devon Staples attempted to launch a firework off of his head on Saturday in Maine and died instantly. Staples worked at Disney World in Orlando and was “friends with” Gaston and Goofy.  Guest meet & greet with him:

Performing in Fantasyland in 2014.

Performing in Fantasyland in 2014.

The 22-year-old lit up a reloadable fireworks mortar tube that was on his head while celebrating the Fourth of July with friends in Calais, Maine.

The man’s brother, Cody, said the incident was a “freak accident” and he doesn’t think Devon intended to light the firework.

“Devon was not the kind of person who would do something stupid,” Cody told the New York Daily News. “He was the kind of person who would pretend to do something stupid to make people laugh.” Cody was at the event when Devon was killed.

“There was no rushing him to the hospital. There was no Devon left when I got there,” said Cody.

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Devon Staples had the sweetest smile.

Cody revealed Devon recently worked at Disney World as a character performer. “He loved it. He loved making people happy,” Cody Staples said. “Anyone who would want to give a tribute to Devon should go out and do something nice for someone. Show some love to someone you don’t know. That kid was all about showing people love.”

Police say the friends had been drinking. His brother told the New York Daily News that Staples was holding a lighter and accidentally set off the firework.

The family has set up an online fundraising account to help cover funeral costs:

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4th of July

Be safe this holiday weekend and please be careful when handling fireworks!


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2 thoughts on “Former Disney Cast Member Dies in Fireworks Accident

  1. Princess S says:

    Reblogged this on mickeyearsandpixiedust and commented:
    My heart hurts for him and his family


  2. leetsie says:

    this is so sad.


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