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Sawyer Sweeten's Family Speaks Out For The First Time Since The Everybody Loves Raymond Actor's Suicide

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Sawyer Sweeten's family speaks out about his suicide

So, so sad.

Sawyer Sweeten was only 19 years old when he took his own life last Thursday.

The Everybody Loves Raymond actor, who played Geoffrey Barone on the show, killed himself while visiting family in Texas.

Although details about his death haven't been confirmed and his autopsy has not yet been released, it's being reported that the child star shot himself.

[ Related: Ray Romano And Cast Say Goodbye To Sawyer Sweeten ]

In the wake of such a tragedy, Sweeten's family members decided to speak out on Monday.

His 23-year-old sister, Madilyn, who worked with him on Raymond, has only the fondest memories of her younger brother:

"Sawyer was more than just a brother. He was a strong and selfless friend. When confiding in one another, Sawyer always had the kindest words of encouragement. He will live on in my head and those shared moments forever."

His younger sister, 16-year-old Maysa, is devastated at the loss of her brother, but refuses to lose him from her thoughts. She told People:

"Although my memories of my brother hurt now, they are some of the best I've ever had and deserve to live on in my mind and in the minds of my family forever. There isn't a single day I won't miss him. Until we meet again, big bro, I love you!"

Sawyer's maternal grandparents also spoke out on remembering their teenage grandson, adding:

"We loved Sawyer as we do all of our grandchildren. He and Sullivan weren't ever actors or celebrities to us, just the sweetest boys that ever lived."

His twin brother, Sullivan, has not yet commented, but we can't even begin to imagine what he must be going through right now.

Our hearts truly go out to Sawyer's family and friends, as well as anyone who may be impacted by his death.

For those who are or who know someone who is struggling with suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at
1 (800) 273-8255.

[Image via WENN.]

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