ByScott McCann, writer at
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Scott McCann

Fourth of July is a day of celebration throughout the whole of the United States. Firework displays are synonymous with the patriotic day, but unfortunately with the dazzling spectacle of fireworks also comes acute danger.

Sadly, it was a freak accident involving fireworks that has caused the untimely death of Devon Staples, better known as Gaston from Disney Worlds Orlando resort. Devon, who went viral for his portrayals of Disney character Gaston, was reported to have been drinking alcohol and celebrating the fourth of July with friends before putting a reloadable mortar tube on his head which then went off, killing him instantly. Speaking to the NY Daily news, his brother Cody described how Devon was holding a lighter, accidentally setting off the firework as a result.

“I was the first one who got there. There was no rushing him to the hospital. There was no Devon left when I got there. It was a freak accident … But Devon was not the kind of person who would do something stupid. He was the kind of person who would pretend to do something stupid to make people laugh.”

The brothers were celebrating in Calais, Maine before the unfortunate accident occurred. Devon Staples will be remembered as an individual who brought great happiness and smiles to the faces of both children and adults alike. Something his brother Cody took pride in remembering:

He loved it. He loved making people happy. 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.

Below is one of the pieces of footage that made Devon an internet sensation, viewed over 9 million times it portrays the Devon that so many will remember.


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