Everybody Loves Raymond Actor Sawyer Sweeten Dead at 19

Sawyer Sweeten Dead

Sawyer Sweeten, who portrayed one of Ray Barone’s twin sons on Everybody Loves Raymond, died Thursday at the age of 19, our sister site Deadline reports. He allegedly committed suicide.

Sweeten played Geoffrey Barone on the Ray Romano-fronted sitcom from 1996 to 2005, alongside his brother, Sullivan (as Michael Barone) and sister, Madylin (as Ally Barone).

Though Sweeten had a handful of credits before Everybody Loves Raymond — including an episode of the Disney Channel’s Even Stevens — he did not act again after the series wrapped.

Madylin wrote to her followers on Facebook, “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.”

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  1. Jimmy says:

    Only 19. So sad.

  2. S says:

    Praying for his family during this difficult and incredibly sad time.

  3. justsomeguy says:


  4. Cassie says:

    Heartbreaking. My heart goes out to his family.

  5. wrstlgirl says:

    Oh dear.

  6. aurat22 says:

    So sad.

  7. Mr. Tran K says:

    Very sad about this tragic news. Died at the tender age of 19. Can’t remember the last celebrity who died at such a very young age. :-(

    • Andy J says:

      Josh Ryan Evans, who played Timmy on “Passions” was only 20 when he dies-on the same day his character was killed off. Anissa Jones, Buffy on “Famiy Affair”, was only18 when she od’d. And most tragic of all, Heather O’Rourke of “Poltergeist” fame was only 12 years od at the time of her tragic death.

  8. Eric says:

    19, wow…a year younger than I am. What a tragedy, his life was cut far too short. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones. No one should experience the loss of a son, a sibling, a friend, at that young an age.

  9. Jenny says:

    What terrible news. Condolences to his brother and sister.

  10. Karen says:

    So sad that such a young person thinks life is not worth living. I pray for his family.

  11. Angela says:

    Horrible news. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. So sad.

  12. A.J. Ramirez says:

    Oh no! May he Rest in Peace

  13. Elle says:


  14. Eddie says:

    I was working at the house behind it when he did it. Heard the gunshot and the screaming and crying for help. We ran over to help and called 911 but it was already too late. Had no idea who he was until I saw his recent pic and recognized him. Prayers go out to his family

    • AddieM says:

      OMgoodness are you serious. It’s so sad that he felt so alone and felt it had to end this way. So heartbroken for the family

    • Alan says:

      Suicide is a selfish act, especially when it’s done like that. Subjecting everybody else to your mess, and making your family see that is quite selfish. I know people get depressed and that is a real thing, but the world does not revolve around you.

      • You obviously have never suffered from depression. It’s an illness. You have no idea what you are talking about. Have some sympathy and understanding. Put yourself in someone elses shoes for a change.

      • mary says:

        Alan, why don’t you educate yourself first!

      • Janice says:

        Suicide is not selfish, it is an act of utter desperation. I hope you never. ever experience that kind of despair and pain. Some people reach the breaking point of mental pain just as some do with physical pain. Instead of judging someone else, be happy that you have never had the misfortune of suffering from such a debilitating illness.

      • Lem says:

        Suicide is not a selfish act You have to have massive testicles to kill yourself RIP

      • nursejazz says:

        This is very sad. We really have to find a way to encourage people to seek help without any shame or fear instead of commiting suicide.

      • nursejazz says:

        Alan, sometimes less said is better. Read some literature about mental disease and how it impacts a person life before you post responses like you did. It’s people like you with negative ignorant responses like what you said that probably makes people suffering not reach out for help.

    • izzy says:

      I call BULLSHAT on your post.

  15. AddieM says:

    OH dear Lord, this is tragic, MHRIP.

  16. Just one thing says:

    That’s just awful. So sorry to hear that.

  17. TV Gord says:

    This is just awful news. I’m sure some people will want to blame it on being a former child star, but the sad reality is that it happens far too often in too many families in all walks of life. It’s just a sad tragedy. My heart goes out to the family and other loved ones.

  18. nancy says:

    It just breaks my heart such a great kid and sad he did thus. Prayers to the family

  19. So sad. I hope he can now find peace. Prayers to the family. RIP, little man.

  20. Chantale Leclair says:

    RIP Sawyer , I still watch Everybody Loves Raymond , LOVE the show – Hope you are now in a better place.
    Love , Chantel (Australia)

  21. tony says:

    So sorry for the familyn friends, prayers for you all .. he will be missed

  22. tony says:

    To his family n friends, I’m so sorry for your loss n praying for you all

  23. Maggie says:

    This is so sad. My heart goes out to his family, especially his twin brother.

  24. Correna Harmon says:

    Praying for his family, it’s hard to lose someone. Thinking of you guysml.

  25. Sue says:

    Those twins were creepy and weird. I am not surprised. It appeared they were both gay.

    • Andrew says:

      @ Sue, you are the scum of the Earth! How dare you say such disgusting things about someone you don’t even know. You are a spiteful, pathetic b****!

    • johnb0529 says:

      Even if they were gay, thats no reason to kill himself!
      such a hateful and horrible person for suggesting that was a valid reason to kill oneself!
      and if true, he did it because if horrible people making him think he was broken or bad!

    • Thomas Powell says:

      And you appear to be dumber than dirt–one would see more compassion from a rock–please find a rock and crawl back under it…….SMH

    • hud says:

      Sue right on the money. The weeping mopes who seem devastated by this news didn’t even know his name, nor would they know him if they passed him on the street.. His life, His choice.

      • Jessa says:

        Who cares if we knew his name or not? What does that have to do with anything? To lack empathy such as you do is creepier than anything else.

    • iKiO says:

      Ignoring the sexuality aspect. The twins looked like alien spawn that should have stayed back on the purple planet. Creepy, smelly and strange folk used to be entertaining at the carny. Now they live in a billion living rooms, walking around in a little coloured box. At least you don’t have to smell any stinky clowns any more, so I guess that’s some progress.

      • jimmo531 says:

        By your comments I take it you must also think Ray Romano, Doris Roberts and Patricia Heaton to also be “strange folk . . . walking around in a little colored box.” Or are you only singling out those two twin boys? And if yes, then why? Is it just because they were children and twins?

    • You obviously have no heart. If we should be praying for anyone it should be YOU!!!!!!!

    • Help says:

      Facing a world populated with people like you surely didn’t help whatever problems this young man had.

      If you’re very lucky, you’ll eventually grow up and you’ll remember your cold hearted response here with shame. Otherwise, your darkness will just eat you from the inside out.

    • anonymous says:

      And if they were, so WHAT? That’s a poor attempt at besmirching the dead, you can do better than ‘creepy and weird, and both gay.’

    • Ruby says:

      You’re a nasty piece of work. Nobody asked for your low-intelligent comments, so frak-off.

    • Jessa says:

      There should be an IQ minimum to make comments on this board. That way you wouldn’t be allowed on.

    • robert says:

      Why don’t u stfu that was a rude comment ur creepy and wierd

  26. Richard Morley says:

    There are several rumours that Sawyer was gay and that his father had difficulties accepting this. There was an awkward ‘coming out’ scene which went wrong and Sawyer shot himself. Sadly this is all too common and it shows another important reason why guns should be strictly controlled. It was simply too easy for the lad to kill himself in the heat of the moment. And it shows the need to educate parents that having a gay son or daughter is the same blessing as having a heterosexual kid. We need to wake up to save other young lives.

    • Guns being strictly controlled will not stop someone from committing suicide….bad call. Kudos on the call of educating parents to be more accepting of their child’s sexual orientation. But your gun call is way off base. I know of many people who have killed themselves by hanging, by pills, by carbon monoxide…if a person wants to kill himself or herself, he or she doesn’t need a gun to do it.

      • John NYC says:

        Though “It was simply too easy for the lad to kill himself in the heat of the moment.” does center on the irrevocable impulse facilitated by too easy access to a firearm. Long planned acts are separable from a momentary impulse…

      • jimmo531 says:

        True on both counts, Miss Pierce. If (and this is pure speculation at this point) Sawyer Sweeten was homosexual, his father should have accepted his son as he was and loved him just as if he was heterosexual. To withheld love from one’s daughter or son on account of her/his sexual preference is as ridiculous as not loving one’s daughter or son on account of the color of their eyes or hair. If Mr. Sweeten was homosexual, doubtless self-acceptance would have been easier with the support of one’s family than without it, especially if one was also being bullied by persons outside the family. But having a gun in the proximity should make no difference with mentally stable persons. If Mr. Sweeten was mentally unstable, that is the issue, not whether a gun was in the place where he chose to take his life.

        And those really bent on taking their own lives would find whatever available means anyway, whether a gun or taking a bottle of barbiturates with booze, etc. I’ll grant that a gun is a more immediate means than an overdose or carbon monoxide poisoning. But truly suicidally-depressed persons will succeed at suicide eventually, if they are really determined to die.

        Exploiting this sad tragedy to promote one’s political views regarding gun ownership is typical of the political left. Mr. Morley has obviously been indoctrinated by the leftists and their propaganda guns should be banned. But no oppressive government–of the left or right–ever came into power without first prohibiting its citizens from owning guns. And more guns are actually used to protect people in home invasions and to prevent robberies than those used in homicides and suicides. But the media doesn’t report these facts, only the sensational cases (such as a celebrity suicide or a school shooting) involving guns. More people need to be made aware of these facts, as well how the left distorts situations to its own advantage.

        In the meantime, we should just extend our condolences to the Sweeten family, perhaps even to Mr. Sweeten’s former co-workers on “Everybody Loves Raymond,” and just leave things at that. If it is proven Mr. Sweeten’s death was a suicide and the reason behind it was related to a stigma concerning his sexual preference, that would be unfortunate, but perhaps a lesson to others to not use something as innate and involuntary as sexual preference to harass another human being. We don’t have to love every person on this planet, nor approve of everything about other persons. But we could all, at least, not behave in such a manner as to make another human so miserable he or she feels no alternative but to take her/his own life, and certainly not on account of a factor a person probably has no choice about in the first place.

        • Richard Morley says:

          I am actually not indoctrinated by leftist propaganda as Mr. Jimmo531 (Anonymous) states. I just feel that a place where people carry loaded hand guns is far less safe than a place where this is illegal. And every statistic supports me in this conclusion.

    • JCJ says:

      Wait…because someone took a gun, and shot HIMSELF, you believe guns should be controlled? Wow, you anti-gun nuts get more ridiculous by the second. Are you afraid you may actually grab a gun and shoot yourself? Seriously, he could have drove his car off a cliff, overdosed, slit his wrists…let’s “strictly control” all of those as well. Brilliant.

      • Richard Morley says:

        Sorry JCJ – I don’t agree. A gun allows the victim to take a certain, instant and painless way out. Virtually every other option of suicide does not. And a young man like Sawyer deserves a society that tries to prevent impulse suicide for immature reasons. Of course guns should be banned – they are in Europe and accordingly we have a far safer society than you guys in gunland USA.

  27. iKiO says:

    I could care less. Hollywood is a dysfunctional free range funny farm. I’m all for people having and using the option of suicide: it’s their choice, unless they are licking windows. It’s survival of the fittest, and evolution, baby.

    • Oliva says:

      “I could care less”, funny, yet you have already posted twice on this tragedy–it’s pathetic how truly stupid one person can be. Survival of the fittest? How the Hell did you manage it? Jerk………..

  28. Laurie Emerson says:

    This just breaks my heart. I am a older, older woman and I wish that these younger people could see that what seems insurmountable at 19 will be long forgotten a few years later. My prayers are with the family.

  29. Pat says:

    This is such a tragedy. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and May He Rest In Peace.

  30. N says:

    I’m so sorry. Rip

  31. So young. So sad!
    Rest in peace Sawyer. Prayers are with his family.

  32. rebecca boehmer says:

    My prayers for his family.

  33. Frankie Boyle says:

    I hear that he killed himself because he and his brother never got over the fact that they were both raped by Brad Garret when they were kids. RIP little angel.

  34. Phoebe says:

    Suicide at 19?? How come this is not possible. A very serious and grave problem this boy had to come to the decision of killing himself at such young age

  35. herman1959 says:

    OMG, there have been so many reports of young people dying lately; it’s terrible.

  36. Jacob says:

    I don’t even know how to react…

  37. Raymond Clayton says:

    You will be sadly miss .rest in peace & god bless & our regards go out too the family&god bless too them

  38. trina horner says:

    its really sad tha sawyer sweeten commited sucidie, cant belive it! whats wrong with trashy hollywood! seems like theres always trouble! look it elvis even he had problems! its devilville! he was so young! and hes gay, i really feel sorry for him now! hes in the devils hands now! trrina h.

  39. I’ve read many of the comments listed. Some of them are really heartfelt while others are as silly as those that wrote it. When I first read this story, I asked myself why did this beautiful kid took his life. Then it came to me, he must have been struggling with his sexuality and not finding the comfort a friend or support system he needed to accept himself, be comfortable with who he was and continued his life happy. Now here you have absolute fools on here beating down that young man’s memory with such vial comments. For those of you, I ask; what if that was your child? Your brother? Your family member, would it be okay then? People look at homosexuality as if it is such a curse or greater sin outside of sin itself. We are all the same; we are one people in the sight of God. Stop it people please, I beg you, stop it! Bigotry is bigotry and hate is hate. If you can attack someone for who they love, they you can attack them for their eye color, their disformed figure, their skin color, their lack or even for the fact that they a particular hair color. Life is too short and if we learn to speak up and speak out for others, maybe life wont get a chance to have it visit our doorstep and families. This kid was a beautiful soul and his memory should be love and respected for just that. Its okay if you dont like him or wish to honor his memory; that is just okay. But do the world a favor. . . SHUT UP AND KEEP IT MOVING! Thanks!!!!

  40. Linda says:

    I wish TVLine.com gave us the option to ‘report’ comments. Some of these comments are horrendous.

  41. Kathy says:

    So sorry to hear about the death of Sayer Sweeten. I’ve watched Everyone loves Raymond since the beginning and remember him as a baby. My heart goes out to his family.

  42. nursejazz says:

    This is very sad. We really have to find a way to encourage people to seek help without any shame or fear instead of commiting suicide.

  43. claudette says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Suicide took one of my siblings, too, so I can truly empathize with you and your family. May he rest in peace. Don’t blame yourselves, it’s a more powerful disease than I realized, until it happened to our family.

  44. Richard Morley says:

    By several accounts Sawyer was either gay or at least worried that was. So many young men take their lives because their families and society still believe gayness is a choice – and that its a bad one to make. Those who loved Sawyer should campaign hard to bring attention to the tragedy of this and help stop other young men from doing the same. RIP.

  45. jason says:

    To the family of sawyer sweeten. I am really sorry about sawyers death. To his twin brother, may gods peace be with you at this time. Madilyn keep your head up, and try and be strong. And to his parents remember the good times and really love your family, at this time and be strong for one another.

  46. crow says:

    some of these comments are crazy. just because you dont like his acting or looks doesnt mean its better that he is gone. the comments are just mean and in poor taste. I work in a school system and we had children in middle school kill them selves because they broke up with a boy/girl friend, got bullied or didnt like the answer a parent gave them. There is no age limit to suicide. My friends daughter was a lucky one who with a friend popped pills during school day to try and kill themself for no good reason. Its hard on the family and friends when this happens but it really is not needed for hurtful comments like the ones above .