The family of ‘Saving Private Ryan’ star Tom Sizemore is being asked to make end-of-life decisions as the actor is in a coma with little hope of recovery.
In a statement to The Times, Sizemore’s manager, Charles Lago, said the 61-year-old is unlikely to improve following a brain aneurysm following a stroke.
“(D)octors have informed his family that there is no hope and have recommended an end-of-life decision,” Lago said, adding that the family “is now deciding on end-of-life matters.”
The family also asked for privacy “during this difficult time” and thanked “everyone for the hundreds of messages of support and prayers received.”
Sizemore was hospitalized in critical condition on Feb. 19 following a brain aneurysm at his LA home. The ‘Heat’ and ‘Twin Peaks’ actor was found unconscious early that morning after collapsing following a medical emergency. He was placed under observation in an intensive care unit after paramedics transported him to a hospital in the LA area. He remains in critical condition, in a coma and in intensive care at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Lago said. The family plans to issue a new statement on Wednesday, he said.
The prolific actor, who has dozens of projects in the works, is known for his roles in major feature films such as ‘Saving Private Ryan’, ‘True Romance’ and ‘Black Hawk Down’. In Steven Spielberg’s 1998 war drama ‘Saving Private Ryan’, he played Sgt. Horvath opposite Tom Hanks and Matt Damon.
Sizemore has also made headlines after repeated run-ins with the law, including a domestic violence conviction in 2003 and other assault and drug charges over the following decades. In 2017, he pleaded not to contest the domestic violence allegations and avoided jail time.
In 2013, he released his book ‘By Some Miracle I Made It Out of There’ which chronicled his struggles with substance abuse.
Times staff writer Christi Carras contributed to this report.