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Patricia Heaton says 'Raymond' cast is in shock over Sawyer Sweeten's suicide

By Karen Butler
Patricia Heaton says 'Raymond' cast is in shock over Sawyer Sweeten's suicide
The team behind "Everybody Loves Raymond," including Peter Boyle, Monica Horan, Doris Roberts, Les Mooves, Phil Rosenthal, Patricia Heaton and Ray Romano, on May 16, 2005 in New York City. Photo by Monika Graff/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, April 24 (UPI) -- Patricia Heaton says her Everybody Loves Raymond family is reeling from the news that one of its youngest members took his own life Thursday.

"Sawyer Sweeten was a funny and exceptionally bright young man. He is gone from us far too soon," the actress tweeted. "The entire cast of #EverybodyLovesRaymond is in shock. Prayers for the Sweeten family."

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Sawyer, his twin brother Sullivan and their older sister Madylin all appeared on the family sitcom from 1996 to 2005. The real-life siblings played the children of Heaton and Ray Romano's Long Island couple Debra and Ray Barone.

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Madylin Sweeten issued a statement Thursday confirming the "terrible family tragedy" that her brother had committed suicide at the age of 19.

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