What Gregory Tyree Boyce's life was like after Twilight

It was a loss that reverberated deeply within the massive realm of Twilight fans: Supporting actor Gregory Tyree Boyce and his girlfriend, Natalie Adepoju, were found dead in their Las Vegas home on May 13, 2020, according to E! News. The causes of their deaths are still pending, the site reported. Boyce was just 30 years old; Adepoju was 27.

In the popular franchise, Boyce played Tyler Crowley, a fellow high school student with Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart). Though his part was small, it was pivotal: He almost crashed his car into Bella, prompting Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) to stop the vehicle, in motion, with his hand — thus revealing his supernatural power. 

In the years since the first Twilight film was released in 2008, Boyce went on to live a full life. Let's take a closer look.

Gregory Tyree Boyce had a lasting impact on Twilight fans

No matter how much time has passed since the Twilight franchise's conclusion, fans are just as hooked as ever. Gregory Tyree Boyce witnessed this first-hand in 2017, when two fans approached him in awe. The actor discussed the moment on his Instagram account, posting a photo with his arms around the two admirers.

"So yesterday at my daughters party two girls said we're your biggest fans, my response was who am I?? One girl even began to cry and said you were my favorite in Twilight," he wrote. He said the encounter prompted him to reflect on his career, which he was unhappy with at the time. He vowed to keep trying to achieve his goals. "It dawned on me that I had been given an opportunity and regularly have I expressed this but it hurts that I've yet to do something else," he said. "Timing is everything people and I'm not one to ever give up and be content with just the regular work and just getting by.

"My time will come again because I believe in myself, my talent as well as my vision for my future ... Moral of this message don't give up, take action, and it's never [too] late to follow your dreams," he said. 

According to IMDb, Boyce did add another film credit to his resume in 2018 — this time for his role as "Cowboy" in the short film Apocalypse.

Gregory Tyree Boyce was a chef and entrepreneur

Gregory Tyree Boyce's mother, Lisa Wayne, shared a moving Facebook post after the death of her son, writing at length about the business venture he was about to launch.

According to Wayne, Boyce and his girlfriend, Natalie Adepoju, were planning to open a restaurant. "He was in the process of starting a wing business, West Wings. He created the flavors to his perfection and named them after west coast rappers. Snoop Dog, Kendrick Lamar, Roddy Ricch, The Game, etc," his mom said. "He had flavors like, Tequila Lime Agave...those were my favorite. A Hennessy Maple flavor, oh man, just so damn good." Wayne added, "I can say that my son was my favorite chef. He was on to something great and that was his passion."

Wayne said her son even had a tasting party for the company. She pledged that if she could "get my chef on" like her late son, she would continue the West Wings business venture for the sake of Boyce's daughter.

Gregory Tyree Boyce was a proud dad

In September 2009, one year after the first Twilight film debuted, Gregory Tyree Boyce welcomed a baby girl named Alaya into the world. His daughter became a frequent fixture on his Instagram account. 

For her birthday in 2019, Boyce shared a multi-photo slideshow of his daughter, writing: "Since this day 10 years ago all I ever wanted to do was make you happy... Seeing you smile and doing what I can for you has been one of my biggest joys...Your 10 now princess and Dad will continue to do just that for as long as I'm here!! Happy birthday to my TWIN, my princess Alaya!!"

A source told E! News that while Boyce had moved to Las Vegas to be closer to his mom and "would commute to LA for acting jobs and to see his daughter."

His girlfriend, Natalie Adepoju, was also reportedly a parent to her young son, Egypt. The week before they were killed, Boyce had wished his girlfriend a happy Mother's Day on Instagram: "Happy Mother's Day again to my right hand/ my roll dog/ my Queen! Love you," he said.

Rest in peace.