‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ actor Sawyer Sweeten takes own life, aged 19

Sawyer Sweeten appeared alongside his twin brother Sullivan in 139 episodes of the hit US sitcom

Former child actor Sawyer Sweeten has committed suicide at the age of 19.

Sweeten, who appeared alongside his twin brother Sullivan and older sister Madylin in hit US sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, is understood to have shot himself at his family’s home in Texas.

His family confirmed his death in a statement to the press yesterday (April 23), saying: “This morning a terrible family tragedy has occurred. 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.”

Sawyer Sweeten and his brother Sullivan appeared as twin brothers Geoffrey and Michael Barone in 139 episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond between 1996 and 2005, beginning when they were just 16 months old. The show’s star Ray Romano, who played their on-screen father, has paid tribute to the late actor in 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.”

Sawyer Sweeten was a funny and exceptionally bright young man. He is gone from us far too soon.

— Patricia Heaton (@PatriciaHeaton) April 24, 2015