At the end of Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck’s acceptance speech for Frozen, a clearly emotional Chris Buck said, “And finally we’d like to dedicate this to our guardian angel, that’s my son Ryder Buck. Thank you, Ryder.”
Ryder was Chris Buck’s 23-year-old son, an up-and-coming musician, who died tragically last October in a car accident, just 24 days before the release of Frozen. The circumstances of his death were particularly heartbreaking because Ryder had been battling Stage 4 testicular cancer for the year prior, and was on the verge of making a recovery when he was hit by two cars after his own car broke down on the 2 freeway in Glendale, California.
Last month, LA Weekly published a feature story about Ryder Buck’s life.