Roberts died peacefully in her sleep of natural causes, People can confirm. She is survived by her son, Michael Cannata, daughter-in-law, Jane and three grandchildren. She was 90.
Roberts' Everybody Loves Raymond costar Ray Romano, who played her TV son for nine seasons, expressed his condolences telling People, "Doris Roberts had an energy and a spirit that amazed me. She never stopped. Whether working professionally or with her many charities, or just nurturing and mentoring a young, green comic trying to make it as an actor, she did it all with such
Sawyer Sweeten, Madylin Sweeten and Sullivan Sweeten on April 17, 2010 in Culver City (Getty)
"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," Patricia Heaton, who played Sweeten's TV mom, said in a statement released to Access.
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The 19-year-old actor, best known for his role as one of Ray Romano’s twins, was at his home in Texas when he walked outside, put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger.
Sawyer’s sister/co-star Madylin Sweeten told Gossip Cop, “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.” Ray Romano added, “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.
Sweeten committed suicide, his sister Madylin Sweeten, said in a statement. There were no other details. Madylin, and Sawyer's twin brother Sullivan, all played the children in the sitcom's fictional Barone family.
The hit comedy aired for nine seasons before ending in 2005. Sawyer Sweeten was a toddler when the series began.
In a statement Madylin, who is four years older than Sawyer, said the family was requesting privacy.
"We beg of you to reach out to the ones that you love," she said. "Let them have no doubt of what they mean to you."
The comedy tended to focus on the fractured family dynamics of the sportswriter character Romano played, his parents and younger brother. The children were rarely more than an afterthought in the plots.
Sawyer died of a possible suicide, his manager confirmed to Variety on Thursday.
Sweeten and his twin brother, Sullivan, played Geoffrey and Michael Barone, on the hit sitcom, which ran from 1996 to 2005. Their sister, Madylin, also appeared on the show, playing their sibling Ally Barone on the series.
Madylin Sweeten wrote on Facebook on Thursday afternoon, "At this time I would like to encourage everyone to reach out to the ones you love. Let them have no doubt
“This morning a terrible family tragedy has occurred,” Sweeten’s sister, Madylin, said in a statement. “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.”
According to Radar Online, which first reported the news, he was visiting family in Texas, where he is believed to have shot himself on the front porch.
Sweeten played Geoffrey Barone on “Everybody Loves Raymond,” which ran from 1996-2005 on CBS. He acted alongside his twin brother, Sullivan, and their sister Madylin,
Scheduled to appear are Tom Hanks, Peter Scolari, Donna Dixon, Telma Hopkins, and Holland Taylor. This will be the first time that the actors have reunited publicly since Bosom Buddies left ABC in 1982. The show's other key castmember, Wendy Jo Sperber, passed away in 2005 following a battle with breast cancer.
Other events scheduled for the event include a reunion of the surviving cast of Everybody Loves Raymond (Ray Romano, Brad Garrett, Patricia Heaton, Doris Roberts, Madylin Sweeten, Sawyer Sweeten, and Sullivan Sweeten) and a tribute to Charlie's Angels with Cheryl Ladd and Jaclyn Smith.
The cast of Glee -- including Jane Lynch, Dianna Agron, Jayma Mays, Jessalyn Gilsig and Kevin McHale -- are scheduled
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