Child Actor from ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ Commits Suicide at Age 19

Apr 24, 2015 at 10:52 am |
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Sawyer Sweeten, Madylin Sweeten and Sullivan Sweeten arrive at the 8th Annual TV Land Awards at Sony Studios on April 17, 2010 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Sawyer Sweeten, Madylin Sweeten and Sullivan Sweeten arrive at the 8th Annual TV Land Awards at Sony Studios in 2010. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

 

Sawyer Sweeten, known for his role as one of twin sons in the sitcom Everybody loves Raymond, committed suicide on Thursday (Apr 24) aged 19, US media reported.

“This morning a terrible family tragedy has occurred,” Sweeten’s sister Madylin said in a statement, according to Variety.

“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.”

Sweeten was reported to have shot himself while visiting family in Texas.

He played a character named Geoffrey Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond, a series which ran from 1996-2005 on CBS.

In it, he acted alongside his real-life twin brother, Sullivan, and sister Madylin for 139 episodes.

Patricia Heaton, who played his mother on the show shared her condolences on Twitter this morning.

The two brothers were 16 months old when they first started on the show, Variety said.

“At this sensitive time, our family requests privacy and we beg of you to reach out to the ones you love,” Madylin added.

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Sweeten was only 16 months old when he first started the hit sitcom. Our thoughts go out to his family…