Camila María ConcepciónAge 28
21 Feb 2020
Los Angeles, California (USA)
Camila died by suicide. She was a writer for the Netflix shows "Daybreak" and "Gentefied".
Camila María Concepción, a young writer on the new Netflix show Gentefied and a budding trans activist, died on Friday by suicide, reports Entertainment Weekly.
Concepción was an assistant writer on Gentefied and helped helm the ninth episode of the series, titled "Project Tacos." Gentified centers on three young Latinx cousins, one of whom is queer, navigating the rapidly gentrifying Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights. The Yale graduate was also a staff writer on Netflix's zombie comedy-drama series Daybreak.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Camila Concepción,” Netflix said in a statement. “Camila was a talented writer with a passion for storytelling, lifting up underrepresented voices, and fighting for representation in front of and behind the camera. She made bold and critical contributions to our industry, most recently through her incredible writing on Gentefied, and her legacy will live on through her work. Our thoughts are with her family and friends in this time of loss.”
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Camila, mi amor, I can't seem to write these words without bursting into tears. I can't believe I'm writing these words at all. Because you're supposed to be here, Camila. You were supposed to be there Thursday and you weren't. And I texted you because I was worried. Because you were missing. A big part of this dream was missing and i should have known... I should have listened to that voice inside that said something was wrong... My love, you were brilliant. You were powerful. You were a creator Marvin and I were ready to champion to the ends of the earth. The first time you sat in that room with us a year and a half ago you were magnetic. You told story like you were spinning cotton candy. The sweetness enveloping the jagged edges of a woman looking to heal. My girl from El Monte who went to Yale who loved her girl from Norwalk who went to Stanford. And we trauma-bonded over being the only ones in a sea of whiteness. Over leaving our hoods and doing better and doing right by our mamis. You were an angel God sent me. I'll never forget the first text you sent me filled with so much love, respect, and adoration. You said you looked up to me but in words that felt like they were coming from the universe itself because you always seemed to send them when I needed them most. When I was struggling with making the show and was having a hard time believing in myself. You were this angel that would pop into my messages or into my office and say exactly what I needed to hear... and did I ever thank you for that? I thought I did but now I can't remember. And fuck I hope I did. You were a light. A brilliant light that struggled to shine in the midst of the darkness in this world. But I saw you, girl. I fucking saw you from the moment I laid eyes on you. I knew you were fucking magic and I wanted the world to devour your magnificence the way you deserved. Baby, you were going to have a show on HBO. I needed that show. I needed your voice. Your story. Your wisdom. Your fucking fierce wit and fearless IDGAF fervor. You should be here.
Note that none of the reports confirm the location where Camila passed away - the location given (Los Angeles) is based upon the filming location for Gentefied.