Sawyer Sweeten of 'Everybody Loves Raymond' dead at 19 in apparent suicide

Sawyer Sweeten of 'Everybody Loves Raymond' commits suicide at family's home in Texas

Sawyer Sweeten, an actor best known as Geoffrey Barone on the popular sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond," committed suicide Thursday at his family's home in Texas, his representative confirmed to the Los Angeles Times. He was 19.

"We are devastated to report that our beloved brother, son, and friend, Sawyer Sweeten, took his own life," said a statement from sister Madylin Sweeten. "At this sensitive time, our family requests privacy and we beg of you to reach out to the ones you love."

Sawyer Sweeten was weeks away from his 20th birthday, his sister said.

Ray Romano, his TV dad, described him in a statement to People as "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," his TV mom, actress Patricia Heaton, said via Twitter. "The entire cast of #EverybodyLovesRaymond is in shock. Prayers for the Sweeten family."

On "Raymond," which ran from September 1996 through May 2005 on CBS, Sawyer Sweeten played one of the family's three children, alongside his real-life siblings, twin brother Sullivan Sweeten and sister Madylin.

The show starred Romano, Heaton and Brad Garrett. Sawyer was in 139 of the series' 210 episodes, according to IMDb. He also appeared on "Even Stevens."

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UPDATED

10:19 a.m.: This story was updated to include comments from Ray Romano and Patricia Heaton.

This post was originally published at 12:05 a.m.

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