"Prayers for the Sweeten family.""Sawyer Sweeten was a funny and exceptionally bright young man," she added.
"He is gone from us far too soon."In a statement to E!
Sawyer Sweeten, who played little Geoffrey Barone on the series from 1996 to 2005, died in an apparent suicide Thursday. Patricia Heaton, who played Sawyer's mother on the show, tweeted about the extraordinary loss.
"The entire cast of #Everybody Loves Raymond is in shock," she wrote.
It's very important to keep in touch."Sawyer's real-life siblings were in his TV family as well.
From the top-rated sitcom, Ray Romano; Emmy winner Patricia Heaton who plays his wife; his TV mom, stage, screen and serious actress Doris Roberts; his TV dad, the remarkable Peter Boyle -- did you know he used to be a monk -- and the big man on the show, Ray's TV brother Brad Garrett. They're next with lots of laughs on LARRY KING LIVE.
"Everybody Loves Raymond" is one of TV's top-rated shows, but production for the upcoming season has been a little rough so far.
RAY ROMANO, ACTOR: Well, it is pretty hard to hug someone who is trying to kill you. They said I had an appointment at CBS at on a Monday.
(END VIDEO CLIP) LARRY KING, HOST: Tonight, "Everybody Loves Raymond." But what do they really know about him and his TV family? ROMANO: He's one of our producers, Worldwide Pants, HBO and CBS.