The school said the family were waiting for the results of the autopsy, which would determine the cause of death.

Principal David Knowles said Cameron had been passionate about drama and had recently received his cultural honours in the subject.

Knowles said the teenager had also received the MacNicol Prize for creativity at Wednesday night’s prize-giving. “He was fun-loving and a good friend to many. We will miss his cheerful smile and his positive attitude,” he added.

The school issued a statement in which it said: “It is with a profound and deep sense of sadness that we inform you of the passing of one of our Grade 12 students in the Boys’ College, Cameron Conlon, during the night of October 13/14.

“The St Stithians community is in mourning. We keep Cameron’s family and friends in our thoughts and prayers on this very tragic day.”

This below from school spokesperson Lethabo-Thabo Royds:

“The final-chapel ceremony is one of celebration and joy as the school bids farewell to the matrics – a time of many mixed emotions. The shock and sadness of Cameron’s death was very present during the service.”

The cause of death has yet to be confirmed.