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Susan Sarandon's brother dies at 55

Published 20/05/2016

Susan Sarandon
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Susan Sarandon has been left devastated following the death of her brother Terry Tomalin on Thursday (19May16) after he suffered a heart attack at the age of just 55.

Susan Sarandon's 55-year-old brother died on Thursday (19May16) after suffering a heart attack.

Terry Tomalin, one of the actress' eight siblings, worked as outdoors editor for Florida newspaper the Tampa Bay Times, and used his frequent travels as inspiration for his work.

According to the publication, Tomalin was at an aquatic center in St. Petersburg, Florida, for a lifeguarding class with his son when he collapsed. He then failed to regain consciousness.

Tomalin is survived by his wife Kanika and their children, 14-year-old Kai and 12-year-old Nia.

Kanika, who works as deputy mayor in St. Petersburg, told the Tampa Bay Times: "We are devastated. He loved us. He loved his family so much, and we loved him."

Tomalin was a devoted father and served as scout leader of his son Kai's Boy Scout troop. He also frequently travelled with his children, who he considered his greatest travel companions, according to the paper.

"Terry became one of those dads that every kid really wants," his close friend Dave Mistretta told the publication. "He was devoted. That's what I saw shine in him. It was all about morals and being a good person. He wanted his kids to turn out right."

Tampa Bay Times editor Neil Brown told the newsroom of Tomalin's passing on Thursday afternoon, and later released a statement expressing his sorrow at his death.

"Terry personified what it meant to be part of a community," the statement read. "You think of Terry and you think of his stories about the beauty of being alive and taking advantage of living around Tampa Bay. You think of his volunteer work in the community or you think of him routinely taking 40 kids camping. I can't imagine that I've ever been around a more giving, energetic, can-do man."

Thelma and Louise star Sarandon is the eldest child in her large Irish-American family, which was raised in New Jersey.

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