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'Saving Private Ryan' actor Tom Sizemore, 61, dies following stroke

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Tom Sizemore, 61, died Friday after being taken off life support, multiple outlets reported.

"It is with great sadness and sorrow I have to announce that actor Thomas Edward Sizemore ('Tom Sizemore') aged 61 passed away peacefully in his sleep today at St Joseph’s Hospital Burbank," Sizemore's manager Charles Lago told Variety.

"His brother Paul and twin boys Jayden and Jagger, 17, were at his side," the statement also said.

Sizemore suffered a brain aneurysm as the result of a stroke while at his home in Los Angeles on February 18. Paramedics rushed him to the hospital, where he had remained in critical condition in a coma under intensive care, the outlet also reported.

The actor's family were "deciding end of life matters" on February 27, according to CNN, after doctors reportedly told the family Sizemore's condition was hopeless.

"Today, doctors informed his family that there is no further hope and have recommended end of life decision. The family is now deciding end of life matters and a further statement will be issued on Wednesday," Lago told the outlet at the time.

"I am deeply saddened by the loss of my big brother Tom," his brother Paul Sizemore said in a statement acquired by Variety. "He was larger than life. He has influenced my life more than anyone I know. He was talented, loving, giving and could keep you entertained endlessly with his wit and storytelling ability. I am devastated he is gone and will miss him always."

Sizemore, was best known for his roles portraying Mike Horvath in "Saving Private Ryan," Colonel Danny McKnight in "Blackhawk Down," Det. Jack Scagnetti in "Natural Born Killers," Michael Cheritto in "Heat" and many more. Credits in 2023 include a yet-to-air season six episode of the Netflix television series "Cobra Kai" and "Bermuda Island" directed by Adam Werth.

The Detroit native had battled drug addiction since he was 15 years old, and had completed a variety of stints in treatment, as TheBlaze reported earlier.

In addition to his struggles with substance abuse, Sizemore had repeated legal issues ranging from misdemeanors to felony assault. He pleaded no contest to two domestic violence charges in 2017.

He pleaded no contest to assault and battery on his ex-girlfriend Heidi Fleiss in 2003, for which he was sentenced to six months in jail, with his sentence stayed until he underwent drug rehabilitation, the Washington Post reported.

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