It’s always sad to hear when an actor or actress has died, but it’s especially heartbreaking when that actor or actress is only a teenager. Today, news broke that Sawyer Sweeten, who played one of the children on Everybody Loves Raymond, passed away. He was only 19 years old.
So far, the details surrounding Sweeten’s death haven’t been made official by either the police or family members. However, reports are swirling that Sweeten committed suicide. The actor was visiting is family in Texas when he headed outside onto his front porch, and according to Radar Online decided to end his life.
Sawyer Sweeten was one of three Sweeten siblings to appear on Everybody Loves Raymond when it aired on CBS in the late 90s and early 2000s. He played twin Geoffrey Barone opposite his real-life twin brother Sullivan Sweeten, who played Michael Barone. Sawyer Sweeten’s sister Madylin Sweeten, who also starred in Everybody Loves Raymond, took to Facebook to share an important message.
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.
Sweeten appeared on Everybody Loves Raymond for 9 seasons, basically growing up on the show. He and his siblings were all regular characters, although the plotlines on the series typically revolved around Ray and Debra, as well as Ray’s brother and parents. Here’s Sawyer and his brother at their finest on the series.
It may be some time before the details related to Sweeten’s death come to light. We may never know why he decided to take his own life, but he’ll be remembered for the years he brought laughter to television and for those he touched in his personal life. He will be missed. Our hearts go out to the Sweeten family during this tough time, as well as everyone else who knew him well.
If you know someone who may need help, do not hesitate. Asking for help is always the first step toward getting better, and while not all of them talk about it, a far higher percentage of the population deals with depression than people realize. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can learn more at the agency’s site.