NEW YORK (TheBlaze/AP) -- Sawyer Sweeten, who played one of Ray Romano's twin sons in the CBS comedy "Everybody Loves Raymond," has died. He was 19.
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.
In this April 17, 2010 photo, Sawyer Sweeten, Madylin Sweeten and Sullivan Sweeten arrive at the 8th Annual TV Land Awards in Los Angeles, California. Sawyer Sweeten, who played one of Ray Romano's twin sons in the CBS comedy "Everybody Loves Raymond," has died. He was 19. Sweeten committed suicide, his sister Madylin Sweeten, said in a statement, Thursday, April 24, 2015. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP Images)
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."
Both of Sweeten's on-screen parents, Ray Romano and Patricia Heaton, also released statements expressing their grief over the 19-year-old's death.
“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,” he said.
Sawyer Sweeten was a funny and exceptionally bright young man. He is gone from us far too soon.— Patricia Heaton (@PatriciaHeaton) April 24, 2015
The entire cast of #EverybodyLovesRaymond is in shock. Prayers for the Sweeten family.— Patricia Heaton (@PatriciaHeaton) April 24, 2015
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 Sweeten's other listed credits were a 2002 movie starring Randy Quaid, and appearing in one episode of the TV show "Even Stevens." IMDB listed no credits after "Raymond" left the air.