'Everybody Loves Raymond' child star Sawyer Sweeten has reportedly taken own life at age 19

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'Everybody Loves Raymond' Star Sawyer Sweeten Dead at 19

Everybody Loves Raymond star Sawyer Sweeten is dead of a suspected suicide at age 19.

Sweeten, who starred on the Ray Romano sitcom from 1996 to 2005, was visiting family in Texas on Thursday when he allegedly shot himself on the front porch of the family home.

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'Everybody Loves Raymond' child star Sawyer Sweeten has reportedly taken own life at age 19
CULVER CITY, CA - APRIL 17: (L-R) Actors Sawyer Sweeten, Madylin Sweeten and Sullivan Sweeten attend the 8th Annual TV Land Awards held at Sony Studios on April 17, 2010 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/FilmMagic)
Actors Sullivan Sweeten (R) and Sawyer Sweeten attend the Everybody Loves Raymond Series Wrap Party at Hanger 8 on April 28, 2005 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
The Barone family enjoys Marie's home cooking on the May 16 series finale of EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND. From left to right: Madlyin Sweeten, Monica Horan, Sawyer Sweeten, Brad Garrett, Doris Roberts, Ray Romano, Patricial Heaton, Peter Boyle, Sullivan Sweeten. (Photo by Robert Voets/CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
(L-R) Actors Sawyer and Sullivan Sweeten arrive at the party celebrating the 200th Episode of 'Everybody Loves Raymond' on October 14, 2004 at Spago in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
The cast of 'Everybody Loves Raymond', (L-R) Peter Boyle, Brad Garrett, Doris Roberts, Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Monica Horan, Sawyer Sweeten, Sullivan Sweeten and Madylin Sweeten pose with the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series in the press room at the 57th Annual Emmy Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on September 18, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Madylin Sweeten with brothers Sawyer Sweeten and Sullivan Sweeten of Everyone Loves Raymond arrives at the HBO Emmy after party held atThe Plaza at the Pacific Design Center on September 18, 2005 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
Madylin Sweeten, Sullivan Sweeten and Sawyer Sweeten at the Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 18: Actress Madylin Sweeten and brothers Sawyer and Sullivan attend the 'Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure' Hollywood Premiere on February 18, 2001 at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Sawyer Sweeten, Madylin Sweeten and Sullivan Sweeten (Photo by Lee Celano/WireImage)
Sullivan Sweeten, Sawyer Sweeten and Madylin Sweeten (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
SANTA MONICA, CA - OCTOBER 30: Actress Madylin Sweeten and brothers Sawyer and Sullivan attend the Sixth Annual Dream Halloween Benefit for the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation on October 30, 1999 at the Barker Hangar, Santa Monica Air Center in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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Sawyer and his twin brother Sullivan played Romano's twin sons Geoffrey and Michael Barone on the show, and their real-life older sister Madylin played Ally Barone.

Sweeten's manager Dino May and father Timothy confirmed the death to ET, saying that the family is "very devastated." May included a statement from Madylin Sweeten:

"This morning a terrible family tragedy has occurred. We are devastated to report that our beloved brother, son, and friend, Sawyer Sweeten, took his own life. He was weeks away from his 20th birthday. At this sensitive time, our family requests privacy and we beg of you to reach out to the ones you love."

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"At this time I would like to encourage everyone to reach out to the ones you love," Madylin also wrote on her Facebook page. "Let them have no doubt of what they mean to you."

Everybody Loves Raymond star Ray Romano commented on the tragedy Thursday, saying, "I'm shocked, and terribly saddened, by the news about Sawyer. He was 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."

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Co-star Patricia Heaton expressed her condolences for the Sweeten family, saying in a statement, "Sawyer was a funny and exceptionally bright young man. He is gone from us far too soon. The loss the Sweeten family is experiencing is unimaginable. Tonight hug your children a little tighter and please keep Sawyer and his family in your thoughts and prayers."

Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal also shared his condolences on Thursday, saying, "We knew and loved Sawyer as a little boy. He and his real life siblings Sullivan and Madylin were such a charming, integral part of our TV family. They never failed to make us laugh, or remind of us how we feel about our own children. We are terribly sad to hear this news and our hearts go out to Sawyer's family."

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