Samantha Weinstein has died of ovarian cancer aged 28.
The Canadian star and Carrie actress battled the disease for more than two years and died on May 14.
Her family confirmed Weinstein’s death in an emotional statement.
Weinstein’s dad David said this week: ‘Sam was actually a living embodiment of a sunbeam.’
‘She was so full of positive energy, anyone who ever met her would say that she just lit up every room she walked into,’ he continued to Global News Canada.
Weinstein’s mum Jojo added: ‘Samantha changed everyone’s lives.’
She went on: ‘And I know that sounds really dramatic, but people are really serious when they say that. Her infectious, positive attitude actually changed the way other people live.’
Weinstein’s death was also announced on social media.
An Instagram post confirming the news read: ‘Hello from the other side. Sam died on May 14th at 11:25am surrounded by her loved ones at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto.
‘After two and a half years of cancer treatment, and a lifetime of jet setting around the world, voicing a plethora of cartoon animals, making music, and knowing more about life than most people ever will, she is off on her next adventure.’
Weinstein is best known for playing Heather, a high school student, in the 2013 remake of Carrie alongside Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore.
She broke into acting at the young age of ten when she played Josephine in 2005’s Big Girl, a performance that earned her an ACTRA award for outstanding performance by a female.
Weinstein’s last Instagram post was on May 2.
That day, she posted a photo of herself and her husband Michael Knutson in Tokyo.
Weinstein’s dad also confirmed that in the lead-up to her death, she had been doing voiceover work for cartoons Dino Ranch and Mittens & Pants.
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