Former Everybody Loves Raymond child actor Sawyer Sweeten has died from an apparent suicide. He was 19.
“This morning a terrible family tragedy has occurred,” Sweeten’s family said in a statement provided to The Hollywood Reporter. “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.”
Sweeten and his twin brother, Sullivan Sweeten, played Ray Romano’s sons on Everybody Loves Raymond throughout the show’s nine-year run. Sweeten’s sister, Madylin, co-starred as his onscreen sister. In a statement to Deadline.com, Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal remembered his time working with the family.
“We knew and loved Sawyer as a little boy. He and his real-life siblings Sullivan and Madylin were such a charming, integral part of our TV family,” Rosenthal said. “They never failed to make us laugh, or remind of us how we feel about our own children. We are terribly sad to hear this news and our hearts go out to Sawyer’s family.”
Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.