Tom Sizemore, ‘Saving Private Ryan’ and ‘Heat’ actor, dead at 61

After suffering a brain aneurysm, Tom Sizemore died, according to multiple reports.

The actor, famous for his performances in blockbusters like Saving Private Ryan, Heat And Black Hawk Down, died Friday in a hospital in Los Angeles. He was 61 years old.

Sizemore’s rep Charles Lago told TMZ: “It is with great sadness and sorrow that I must announce that 61-year-old actor Thomas Edward Sizemore (“Tom Sizemore”) has passed away peacefully. in his sleep today at St Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank. His brother Paul and twins Jayden and Jagger (17) were by his side.”

Sizemore’s death comes nearly two weeks after he collapsed at his Los Angeles home on February 18 and was hospitalized with a brain aneurysm, which occurred following a stroke. He remained hospitalized in a coma. On February 27, Sizemore’s manager revealed in a statement that doctors were recommending an end-of-life decision and had informed his family that there was “no hope left”.

“The family is in the process of deciding end-of-life matters and a further statement will be released on Wednesday,” the statement read. “We ask for his family’s privacy 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.”

The Michigan native’s Hollywood career spanned nearly 35 years, including a Golden Globe nomination in 2000 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television for Witness protection.

Behind the scenes, Sizemore’s personal issues with drug addiction — his Heat co-star Robert De Niro once staged an intervention — and run-ins with the law made headlines, including a six-month prison sentence in 2003 for domestic violence against his former girlfriend, “Hollywood Mrs. Heidi Fleiss. He was most recently arrested in 2019 for misdemeanor drug possession. In 2018, Kiersten Pyke filed a lawsuit against the actor, alleging he groped her when she was 11 in 2003 while working on the crime drama together, born killers. Police investigated at the time, but no charges were filed. Sizemore denied the allegation and a judge dismissed the lawsuit in 2020.

“I humbly request that I not be presumed guilty of these charges based on my checkered past,” he said in part of a statement to USA today at the time. “I inflicted heartache on my family and many others, but I didn’t.”

Sizemore was previously married to Bold and beautiful former Maeve Quinlan.

He is survived by his 17-year-old twin sons, Jayden and Jagger.


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