Thursday, April 23, the world lost another talented young man. Former actor Sawyer Sweeten has taken his own life at the family’s home in Texas. Dino May, Sweeten’s manager, has confirmed the actor’s passing to news outlets. He was 19 years old and only weeks away from celebrating his next birthday.
Sweeten acted alongside his twin brother Sullivan and older sister Madilyn in the television sit-com “Everybody Loves Raymond.” The trio portrayed the children–Geoffrey, Michael and Ally, respectively–of actors Ray Romano and Patricia Heaton on the show from 1996 until 2005.
After the show ended, the Sweeten twins sought a quieter life outside of acting, according to May. This was due to the fact that they had been acting for most of their lives–they joined the cast at sixteen months old and left the show when it ended at the age of 10.
Upon hearing the tragic news, former cast members took to social media to express their grief and deepest condolences to the late actor’s family. Everyone has been truly shocked by this devastating news.
According to his manager, there were no signs that the young man had been depressed or struggling with anything before he committed suicide. May also noted that Sweeten wasn’t “doing drugs or…anything like that.” All who knew him simply describe him as a funny, sweet, quiet and exceptionally bright young man who died too soon. The family has asked for privacy while they grieve their loss.
Actress Doris Roberts, who portrayed Sweeten’s grandmother on the show, shared this message her own Facebook page: “Make sure your loved ones know how much you care about them, and please check in with them if you haven’t touched base with them for a while. It’s very important to keep in touch.”
An important reminder in today’s fast-paced world.