Bullying and financial woes drove Everybody Loves Raymond star Sawyer Sweeten to take his own life, a new report by ‘Radar Online’ claims.
The 19-year-old — who committed suicide on April 23 with a gunshot to his head — was allegedly in major debt prior to his death and was unable to land a new acting gig. Speaking of his failed career, a source says, “It was humiliating after being on a top show.”
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The source claims the former child star owed money in taxes to the State of California, even though the teen, his twin brother, Sullivan, and their older sister, Madylin (who played their onscreen sister), were reportedly making $100,000 for each of the 16 episodes of the ninth and final season of ‘Everybody Loves Raymond.’
And sadly, the troubles in his personal life didn’t end there.
“On top of that, he struck out finding a girlfriend and was the subject of gay rumors,” the source alleges.
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In an emotional tribute, his mother, Elizabeth Gini, explained that what happened to her son — who had a bright future and dreams of being a veterinarian — was unexpected and atypical.
“What happened to our son was not textbook depression. He was happy, upbeat and loving,” she wrote in ‘People’ magazine.
pic.twitter.com/eIIKRZe6A1— Elizabeth Gini (@GiniMomof9) January 9, 2014
“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.”
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