Sawyer Sweeten, 19, was visiting family in Texas when he reportedly shot himself on the front porch of their home on Thursday (23Apr15).

The former child star played Romano and Patricia Heaton's son Geoffrey on the longrunning U.S. sitcom, alongside his twin brother Sullivan and older sister Madylin.

Heaton paid tribute to the tragic teen on, branding him a "funny and exceptionally bright young man", and now her former onscreen husband has weighed in on the sad loss.

A statement issued to reads: "(I am) shocked and terribly saddened (by the news). He was a wonderful and sweet kid to be around. Just a great energy whenever he was there. My heart breaks for him, his family and his friends during this very difficult time."

Sweeten's TV grandmother, Doris Roberts, has also taken to Facebook to share her thoughts, writing, "It is with great sadness that I learned the news that Sawyer Sweeten, who played my grandson Geoffrey Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond, died at his family's home in Texas.

"He was a very sweet young man who will be dearly missed. Make sure your loved ones know how much you care about them, and please check in with them if you haven't touched base with them for a while. It's very important to keep in touch."