“Sawyer Sweeten, who played one of the young twins on ‘Everybody Loves Raymond,’ has committed suicide,” USA Today confirms.
The story reports that his sister, Madylin, 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.”
Radar Online, which broke the story, said Sweeten died from a gunshot wound to his head.
Says The Hollywood Reporter, “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.”
Patricia Heaton, who played Sweeten’s mother on the show, tweeted: “Sawyer Sweeten was a funny and exceptionally bright young man. He is gone from us far too soon,” and, “The entire cast of #EverybodyLovesRaymond is in shock. Prayers for the Sweeten family.”
Deadline.com notes that the Sweeten twins were 1 year old when they first appeared on “Raymond.” Deadline also said that Phil Rosenthal, the creator of the show, said this about Sawyer Sweeten’s death: “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. They never failed to make us laugh, or remind us of how we feel about our own children. We are terribly sad to hear this news and our hearts go out to Sawyer’s family.”