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Sawyer Sweeten's mother pays tribute to son

Sawyer Sweeten's mother and stepfather have recalled how special the 19-year-old was.

The former child actor, best known for his role as Geoffrey Barone in Everybody Loves Raymond, took his own life last week at a family member's home in Texas at the age of 19.

His older sister Madylin, who also starred on the hit show along with Sawyer's twin brother Sullivan, has already shared her grief and now his mother Elizabeth and stepfather, Jerry Gini, have opened up on the tragic incident.

"Sawyer was such a completely amazing boy, which makes what has happened so much more confusing to us as a family," they wrote in an article published in People. "We spoke to or saw Sawyer daily. There was not one time that he did not greet us, or really anyone, without a hug. He never said goodbye without an 'I love you'.

"In raising such a beautiful being, it is impossible to not be made better for it. Who we are is greatly due to the moments shared with Sawyer."

They go on to say how the teenager could light up a room with a smile and how contagious his laugh was.

Sawyer had aspired to become a vet, with his love for animals fuelling him. He had recently purchased a home with Sullivan and was looking forward to his future.

"What happened to our son was not textbook depression. He was happy, upbeat and loving. But in the last week of his life, we saw something happen. It was so rapid in progression that we were caught off-guard. Sawyer was not some tragic Hollywood kid who did drugs or became an alcoholic. He did neither. He was a normal young man who loved his Harley Davidson, video games, his pets and especially his family," they said.

"We are grateful that his beautiful personality was shared with so many through his years on television. But to us, he was just our hilarious and sweet son.

"There is no question how much we loved him."

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