Devon Staples, who used to perform as Gaston from Beauty and the Beast at Disney World, died on July 4 when he accidentally lit a firework on top of his head.
Devon Staples’ brother, Cody Staples, told the New York Daily News that Devon, 22, was playing with a mortar tube on top of his head while he held a lighter and that he accidentally set off the firework.
“There was no rushing him to the hospital. There was no Devon left when I got there,” Cody Staples, who said he was standing five feet away from his brother at the time, told the newspaper. “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.”
While YouTube commenters and other unsubstantiated reports linked Staples to the Gaston who went viral because of a successful arm-wrestling contest caught on video or to this flirty Gaston, Staples doesn’t appear to be either of those men.
Instead, Staples’ version of Gaston doesn’t look or sound like the other two characters, as seen in this video posted to Staples’ Facebook page.