Sawyer Sweeten, who was most known for his role on the long running sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, sadly passed away on Thursday morning after committing suicide at a family member's home in Texas. He was just weeks shy of his 20th birthday.
Sawyer played Geoffrey Barone, one of Ray Romano's twin boys on the show from 1996 until 2005, and acted alongside not only his twin brother Sullivan, but also his older sister Madylin Sweeten who played Ray Romano's daughter, Ally, on the show.
Sawyer and his brother Sullivan started on the popular sitcom in 1996 and appeared in 139 episodes, though they mostly had cameo moments throughout the series run. Since the show wrapped in 2005, Sawyer had not appeared on screens, and the Sweeten siblings' last public appearance together was at the 8th Annual TV Land Award in 2010.
Following her brother's death, Madylin Sweeten spoke out on her Facebook page imploring others to reach out to those they love:
Many of the other cast members from Everybody Loves Raymond also shared their tributes on social media. Ray Romano, who played Sawyer's father on the sitcom released a statement saying:
"I'm shocked, and terribly saddened, by the news about Sawyer. He was a wonderful and sweet kid to be around. Just a great energy whenever he was there. My heart breaks for him, his family, and his friends during this very difficult time."
His on-screen mother, Patricia Heaton, took to Twitter to convey her grief:
While his on-screen grandfather Peter Boyle sadly passed away in 2006, his on-screen grandmother, Doris Roberts, also posted a touching tribute to Sawyer on her Facebook page:
In a statement, the Sweeten family have requested privacy as they grieve but touchingly they also took the time to beg people to reach out to loved ones, hoping to avoid a tragedy like the one they are currently going through.
Sawyer is survived by his mother Elizabeth, father Timothy, step-father Jerry, and siblings Sullivan, Madylin, Claudia, Maysa, Emma, Guiliana, Elliette and Jaymeson.
Our thoughts are with the Sweeten family in this difficult time, RIP Sawyer.