The stars have been paying their respects via Twitter to the brother of Chad Linley as he passed away earlier this month. Cody Linley, who played Miley Cyrus’ on-screen boyfriend Jake on the hugely successful Hannah Montana TV series, has also taken to Twitter to express his gratitude at the messages left by fans and friends.
He posted this message on 8th August but has remained silent ever since, “Thanks for all the prayers and support. I appreciate everyone that has reached out to me one way or another.” Cody, who grew up on the Disney Channel and stared in many films such as Miss Congeniality, My Dog Skip and When Zachary Beaver Came to Town was best known for playing Jake Ryan in Hannah Montana and had recently taken part in Dancing With The Stars programme in 2008.
He was paired with professional dancer/country music singer Julianne Hough to which he remains friends with today.
Like his brother Cody, Chad was also involved in acting, having most recently played a part in the Nikki Blonsky film ‘Queen Sized’. Details of Chad’s sudden and unexpected death are still unknown but it is thought that he may have lost a battle with cancer.
Friends of Cody have been posting their condolences via Twitter with Demi Lovato posting the following message, “RIP Chad Linley.. Knew you since I was a kid.. You were family… You will be missed… Please #prayforcodylinley# and his amazing family.” Selena Gomez also sent a message to Cody which read, “@codylinley7 you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers, I hope you guys can find strength during this…” and linked it to YouTube memorial for Chad.
Cody was born and raised in Lewis-ville, Texas and currently lives in California where he has three step brothers. A very sad time for his family.