‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ child star takes own life

Sawyer Sweeten’s family devastated by death weeks before 20th birthday

Sawyer Sweeten (right), with his twin brother Sullivan, in 2005. (Photograph: Matthew Simmons/Getty Images)

Sawyer Sweeten (right), with his twin brother Sullivan, in 2005. (Photograph: Matthew Simmons/Getty Images)

 

Actor Sawyer Sweeten (19), best known for his role in the US sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond (1996-2005), has taken his own life, according to a statement released by his manager.

“This morning a terrible family tragedy has occurred,” Sweeten’s family said in a statement released by the Hollywood Reporter. “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.”

Sweeten played Geoffrey Barone in the comedy, which starred Ray Romano. He was only a year old when the show began in 1996, and he featured alongside his twin brother Sullivan and his sister Madylin.