Everybody Loves Raymond Actor Sawyer Sweeten Dead at 19 in Apparent Suicide

Former child star, who played one of Ray Romano and Patricia Heaton's three children, is said to have shot himself

By Natalie Finn Apr 24, 2015 2:02 AMTags
Sawyer Sweeten, Madylin Sweeten, Sullivan Sweeten Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Our hearts go out to the family of Sawyer Sweeten.

Sweeten, the actor who played little Geoffrey Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond, has died in an apparent suicide. He was 19.

A rep for Sweeten confirmed his passing to E! News. He is said to have shot himself while visiting family in Texas.

His twin brother, Sullivan, also played his twin, Michael Barone, on the show and their TV sister Ally was played by real-life sibling Madylin Sweeten. Ray Romano and Patricia Heaton played their parents on the Emmy-winning sitcom. 

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"This morning a terrible family tragedy has occurred," Madylin, 23, 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."

She had posted on Facebook earlier today, "At this time I would like to encourage everyone to reach out to the ones you love. Let them have no doubt of what they mean to you."

Also in a statement sent to E! News, Romano said that he was "shocked and terribly saddened" by the news.

"He was a wonderful and sweet kid to be around," he said. "Just a great energy whenever he was there. My heart breaks for him, his family and his friends during this very difficult time."

Radar Online was first to report on Sweeten's death.

—Reporting by Holly Passalaqua