Actor Tom Sizemore dies in his sleep weeks after brain aneurysm | Ent & Arts News

Actor Tom Sizemore died in his sleep in hospital weeks after suffering a brain aneurysm, his manager has said.

Charles Lago said: “I am very saddened by the loss of not only a client, but also a great friend and mentor of nearly 15 years.

“Tom was one of the most sincere, kind, generous human beings I’ve had the pleasure of knowing.

“His courage and determination in adversity has always been an inspiration to me.

“The last couple of years have been great for him and he was getting his life back to a great place.

“He loved his children and his family.

“I will miss my friend Tom Sizemore very much.”

Plus size, 61, suffered a brain aneurysm following a stroke in the early hours of February 18, collapsing at home in Los Angeles before being taken to the hospital by ambulance.

Since then he was in critical condition, in a coma and in intensive care.

Tom Sizemore and Tom Hanks in Saving Private Ryan.  1998. Photo: David James/Dreamworks/Amblin/Universal/Kobal/Shutterstock
Tom Sizemore and Tom Hanks in Saving Private Ryan. Photo: David James/Dreamworks/Amblin/Universal/Kobal/Shutterstock

“Messages of Support and Love”

He never regained consciousness, Mr Lago said, adding that he had died in his sleep with his brother Paul and twins Jayden and Jagger, 17, by his side.

Lago said: “The Sizemore family has been comforted by the hundreds of messages of support and love shown to their son, brother and father.

“They are asking for privacy at this difficult time and I ask that these wishes are respected.”

There will be a private cremation service for the family with a larger “celebration of life event” planned in a few weeks, Lago said.

A “spoiled movie star” and an “arrogant schmuck”

Sizemore became a star in the films Natural Born Killers and Heat, before moving on to blockbusters such as Saving Private Ryan and Black Hawk Down.

But he has struggled with addiction throughout his acting career, having been arrested several times for driving under the influence and drug possession.

He has been arrested several times for domestic violence, including against his girlfriend Heidi Fleiss for which he was convicted. He was also the subject of two workplace sexual harassment lawsuits related to the 2002 CBS show Robbery Homicide Division.

He wrote in a 2013 memoir that success had turned him into a “spoiled movie star”, an “arrogant fool”, and “a drug addict hoping to die”.

He also wrote, “I’ve led an interesting life, but I can’t tell you what I’d give to be the guy you knew nothing about.”


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