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Actor Tom Sizemore, lauded for his exceptional performances in the hit movies like Saving Private Ryan, passed away on Friday at the age of 61. He was brought to the hospital after he collapsed at his Los Angeles home on February 18 due to a brain aneurysm. The news of his death was confirmed by his manager Charles Logo.
Tom Sizemore’s Doctors Recommended End Of Life Decision
Logo had previously revealed that the actor’s family was deciding “end of life matters,” in a statement released earlier this week. On Monday, the family was informed by the doctors that there is no hope for the actor’s survival and recommended end of life decision.
“The family is now deciding end-of-life matters and a further statement will be issued on Wednesday,” Logo mentioned at the time.
Sizemore had been hospitalized and was in a coma which his rep revealed was due to the stroke-induced aneurysm. The Twin Peaks actor fell ill just a day before he was supposed to teach an acting class in Los Angeles’ Harvelle’s Nightclub.
His family thanked the well-wishers for “the hundreds of messages of support, and prayers that have been received.”
At the time of his death, as reported by TMZ, the actor was with his loved ones including his brother Paul and twin boys Jayden and Jagger.
Tom Sizemore Shot To Fame With Born On The Fourth Of July
Born on November 29, 1961, in Detroit, Tom Sizemore started his career with the TV series Gideon Oliver in 1989. This was followed by his six-episode arc on the series China Beach which aired from 1989 to 1990. His early movie appearances include Rude Awakening (1989), Lock Up (1989), and Born On The Fourth Of July (1989).
Following his appearance in Born On The Fourth Of July, Sizemore shot to fame almost overnight. Within a year, he was seen acting alongside popular names like Robert De Niro in Guilty By Suspicion. He also played a villain in the 1991 biker movie Harley Davidson And The Marlboro Man.
Tom Sizemore Struggled With Drug Abuse
However, the Detroit-born actor also had his share of controversies that include his substance abuse issues. He claimed that he had been addicted to drugs since he was a teenager. A drop in his career started in 2003. This was when Tom Sizemore was convicted of domestic abuse against his then-girlfriend, Heidi Fleiss. He served seven months in prison. This was followed by four months in a drug rehab center after he repeatedly failed drug tests during the probation period.
Throughout the 2000s, Sizemore struggled with drug issues. He even attempted to end his addiction which was documented in the 2007 docuseries Shooting Sizemore.
Despite his off-screen issues, Sizemore’s castmates always spoke glowingly about the ease of working with him. His co-actor De Niro even paid for his rehab. His Red Road co-star Jason Momoa dubbed him “the sweetest guy.”
Tom Sizemore’s life is detailed in the book titled By Some Miracle I Made It Out Of There.
Rest In Peace, Tom Sizemore!