Tragic Sawyer Sweeten from Everybody Loves Raymond had been fighting depression before taking his own life and had long battled mental health issues.
19-year-old Sawyer tragically shot himself while visiting family members in Texas. Sawyer played Geoffrey Barone, one of Ray Romano's twin boys, on the series from 1996 to 2005, as reported Country Living.
He not only co-starred with his real-life twin brother Sullivan, but also his older sister Madylin Sweeten. She said, ‘At this sensitive time, our family requests privacy and we beg of you to reach out to the ones you love.’ His 20th birthday was just a few weeks away.
Sawyer appeared in 139 episodes of the hit US sitcom and also took small parts in television shows Even Stevens and Frank McKlusky C.I alongside his brother in the early 2000s.
Co-star Doris Roberts, who played Sawyer’s grandmother on the show, said she heard news of his death with great sadness. “He was a very sweet young man who will be dearly missed,” she wrote.
Sawyer died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head on April 23, 2015. His body was discovered at a relative’s house where he and his brother were visiting on a trip to their hometown in Brownwood, Texas.
The $800,000 home, which has a swimming pool at the back, is located on a quiet cul-de-sac on a smart estate towards the edge of the city. Family reeling from the tragedy is now trying to piece together what happened.
Sawyer's cousin, Jacklyn Stines, points to a history of depression running through the family and said he had suffered from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and learning difficulties.
Sawyer’s TV mom also shared her condolences. “Sawyer was a funny and exceptionally bright young man. He is gone from us far too soon,” said Patricia Heaton. “The loss the Sweeten family is experiencing is unimaginable.”