'Saving Private Ryan' star Tom Sizemore dies aged 61

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By Asiya Ali

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Tom Sizemore, best known for starring in Saving Private Ryan, has died at the age of 61.

As reported by BBC News, the 61-year-old actor sadly died on Friday (March 3) after suffering from a brain aneurysm at his Los Angeles home on Saturday, February 18.

The heartbreaking news was confirmed by the actor's manager, Charles Lago, who revealed that Sizemore passed away at a hospital in Burbank, California, with his brother Paul and teenage twin sons at his side.

In a brief statement, Lago said: "The Sizemore family has been comforted by the hundreds of messages of support."

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Tom Sizemore had suffered a brain aneurysm on February 18. Credit: MediaPunch Inc / Alamy

Additionally, brother Paul has said: "I am deeply saddened by the loss of my big brother Tom. 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."

His sons, Jayden and Jagger, have asked for privacy at this difficult time.

Sizemore was first hospitalized earlier this month at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and had been in critical condition, per The Guardian.

The Heat actor suffered a stroke on February 18 at around 2:00 AM at his Los Angeles home and was rushed to intensive care where his manager, Charles Lago, updated fans about Sizemore's condition.

Speaking with Fox News, Lago said: "It is too early to know about [a] recovery situation as he is in critical condition under observation," while explaining that it was a "wait and see" situation.

On February 28, the family of the Black Hawk Down star revealed they had been told that he wouldn't recover from his condition and that they had to make a devastating end-of-life decision.

As cited by BBC News, his manager released a statement to the press on behalf of the family, which read: "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. We are asking for privacy for his family during this difficult time, and they wish to thank everyone for the hundreds of messages of support and prayers that have been received. This has been a difficult time for them," Lago added.

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Tom Sizemore in Saving Private Ryan. Credit: Photo 12 / Alamy

Sizemore rose to fame for his role as the sergeant at Tom Hanks' side in the 1998 movie Saving Private Ryan, and as commander of an army ranger battalion in the 2001 film Black Hawk Down - which won five Academy Awards.

He also appeared in Strange Days and crime drama Heat - which both came out in 1995 - and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in 2000 for best actor in a miniseries or film made for TV for his role in Witness Protection.

The Red Planet star has struggled with drug addiction during his acting career and had been arrested several times for driving under the influence and substance possession.

Back in 2003, he was convicted of domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend Heidi Fleiss and three years later he pleaded no contest to using methamphetamine outside of a motel.

Sizemore candidly discussed his journey to sobriety in an interview with Fox News Digital two years ago and shared his commitment.

"I’ve been trying to get sober since 1991 ... It became really big news much later than that, but I was trying to stop. I’ve had a problem for a long time. I had periods, long periods, of sobriety and I would end up relapsing," he said.

"I still go to meetings and work my steps, but I had reached a place in my life where I knew I had to stop," he continued. "I couldn’t be arrogant anymore. If I wanted to reach a nice and pleasant old age, I had to stop. And if I wanted to watch my kids grow up, I needed to reach a place where I knew it was over."

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Tom Sizemore and his sons back in 2012. Credit: MediaPunch Inc / Alamy

The Company of Heroes actor was also briefly married to Maeve Quinlan from 1996 to 1999. While Sizemore never remarried, he welcomed twin sons Jagger and Jayden, now 17, with Janelle McIntire in 2005.

Our thoughts are with Tom Sizemore's family, friends, and fans at this time.

Featured image credit: MediaPunch Inc / Alamy

'Saving Private Ryan' star Tom Sizemore dies aged 61

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By Asiya Ali

Article saved!Article saved!

Tom Sizemore, best known for starring in Saving Private Ryan, has died at the age of 61.

As reported by BBC News, the 61-year-old actor sadly died on Friday (March 3) after suffering from a brain aneurysm at his Los Angeles home on Saturday, February 18.

The heartbreaking news was confirmed by the actor's manager, Charles Lago, who revealed that Sizemore passed away at a hospital in Burbank, California, with his brother Paul and teenage twin sons at his side.

In a brief statement, Lago said: "The Sizemore family has been comforted by the hundreds of messages of support."

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Tom Sizemore had suffered a brain aneurysm on February 18. Credit: MediaPunch Inc / Alamy

Additionally, brother Paul has said: "I am deeply saddened by the loss of my big brother Tom. 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."

His sons, Jayden and Jagger, have asked for privacy at this difficult time.

Sizemore was first hospitalized earlier this month at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and had been in critical condition, per The Guardian.

The Heat actor suffered a stroke on February 18 at around 2:00 AM at his Los Angeles home and was rushed to intensive care where his manager, Charles Lago, updated fans about Sizemore's condition.

Speaking with Fox News, Lago said: "It is too early to know about [a] recovery situation as he is in critical condition under observation," while explaining that it was a "wait and see" situation.

On February 28, the family of the Black Hawk Down star revealed they had been told that he wouldn't recover from his condition and that they had to make a devastating end-of-life decision.

As cited by BBC News, his manager released a statement to the press on behalf of the family, which read: "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. We are asking for privacy for his family during this difficult time, and they wish to thank everyone for the hundreds of messages of support and prayers that have been received. This has been a difficult time for them," Lago added.

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Tom Sizemore in Saving Private Ryan. Credit: Photo 12 / Alamy

Sizemore rose to fame for his role as the sergeant at Tom Hanks' side in the 1998 movie Saving Private Ryan, and as commander of an army ranger battalion in the 2001 film Black Hawk Down - which won five Academy Awards.

He also appeared in Strange Days and crime drama Heat - which both came out in 1995 - and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in 2000 for best actor in a miniseries or film made for TV for his role in Witness Protection.

The Red Planet star has struggled with drug addiction during his acting career and had been arrested several times for driving under the influence and substance possession.

Back in 2003, he was convicted of domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend Heidi Fleiss and three years later he pleaded no contest to using methamphetamine outside of a motel.

Sizemore candidly discussed his journey to sobriety in an interview with Fox News Digital two years ago and shared his commitment.

"I’ve been trying to get sober since 1991 ... It became really big news much later than that, but I was trying to stop. I’ve had a problem for a long time. I had periods, long periods, of sobriety and I would end up relapsing," he said.

"I still go to meetings and work my steps, but I had reached a place in my life where I knew I had to stop," he continued. "I couldn’t be arrogant anymore. If I wanted to reach a nice and pleasant old age, I had to stop. And if I wanted to watch my kids grow up, I needed to reach a place where I knew it was over."

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Tom Sizemore and his sons back in 2012. Credit: MediaPunch Inc / Alamy

The Company of Heroes actor was also briefly married to Maeve Quinlan from 1996 to 1999. While Sizemore never remarried, he welcomed twin sons Jagger and Jayden, now 17, with Janelle McIntire in 2005.

Our thoughts are with Tom Sizemore's family, friends, and fans at this time.

Featured image credit: MediaPunch Inc / Alamy