Everybody Loves Raymond star Sawyer Sweeten has died by suspected suicide, his manager Dino May confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 19.
“This morning a terrible family tragedy has occurred,” the family said in a statement. “We are devastated to report that our beloved brother, son, and friend, Sawyer Sweeten, took his own life. He was weeks away from his 20th birthday. At this sensitive time, our family requests privacy and we beg of you to reach out to the ones you love.”
The actor was visiting his family in Texas, where he is believed to have shot himself on their front porch Thursday, according to RadarOnline, which first reported the news.
Sweeten starred in Everybody Loves Raymond from 1996 to 2005, playing Geoffrey Barone. His twin brother, Sullivan, played Michael Barone, while their sister Madylin played Ally Barone. The CBS series starred Ray Romano as their onscreen father.
At this time I would like to encourage everyone to reach out to the ones you love,” Madylin Sweeten wrote on her Facebook page Thursday. “Let them have no doubt of what they mean to you.”
Sweeten and his twin brother were 16 months old when Everybody Loves Raymond debuted in 1996. They jointly played a character in a 2000 episode of Disney Channel’s Even Stevens and shared a small role in the 2002 feature Frank McKlusky, C.I.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter