Tom Sizemore, star of the late-’90s war drama “Saving Private Ryan,” has died following a brain aneurysm. He was 61.
The actor’s manager, Charles Lago, confirmed Sizemore died Friday “peacefully in his sleep” while his brother and twin sons were by his side.
“It is with great sadness and sorrow I have to announce that actor Thomas Edward Sizemore (‘Tom Sizemore’) aged 61, passed away,” Lago said in a statement. “I am very saddened by the loss of not only a client but a great friend and mentor of almost 15 years. Tom was one of the most sincere, kind and generous human beings I have had the pleasure of knowing.”
Sizemore collapsed at his Los Angeles home Feb. 19 following a brain aneurysm brought on by a stroke, and he was subsequently admitted to a hospital, Lago confirmed to USA TODAY at the time.
“Tom is hospitalized in intensive care due to a brain aneurism (sic),” Lago said in a statement. “He is currently in critical condition, and it’s a wait-and-see situation.”
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In a follow-up update on the actor’s condition on Feb. 27, Lago revealed Sizemore’s health had not improved since the aneurysm, as he remained in a coma.
“Doctors informed (Sizemore’s) family that there is no further hope and have recommended (an) end-of-life decision,” Lago said in a statement, adding that Sizemore remained in critical condition. “The family is now deciding end-of-life matters.”
Lago added: “We are asking for privacy for his family 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 actor is best known for his role as Mike Horvath in the 1998 Steven Spielberg film “Saving Private Ryan,” starring Tom Hanks. He also appeared in 2001’s “Black Hawk Down” and “Pearl Harbor,” as well as the “Twin Peaks” revival series in 2017.
Sizemore also had a history of addiction and run-ins with the law, including a 2020 civil lawsuit filed by a woman who claimed he groped her on a movie set when she was 11. The actor denied the claim, and the suit was later dismissed.
In 2013, Sizemore authored a memoir, “By Some Miracle I Made It Out of There,” about his history with addiction.
“People could tell if you were drunk, so then I was like, ‘Hey, look, let me find a drug where I feel comfortable in my own skin,’ ” Sizemore told The Associated Press in 2013. “But I did. I found a drug, and it was called cocaine. I did it for a while. Then I found an even better drug, and it was called heroin.”
Sizemore has 33 upcoming credits in film and television, according to IMDb.
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Contributing: Naledi Ushe, Elise Brisco USA TODAY