ALS kills Sandra Bullock’s longtime companion Bryan Randall at 57. According to family members, Bryan Randall, the longstanding partner of award-winning actress Sandra Bullock, has passed away. Randall, aged 57, had been privately combating Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.
“It is with great sadness that we inform you that Bryan Randall died peacefully on August 5 after a three-year battle with ALS,” his family said in a statement to CBS News. “Those of us who cared for Bryan did our best to comply with Bryan’s request that his battle with ALS be kept private,”
The statement went on to express gratitude to the “tireless doctors” and “amazing nurses” who assisted in his care, “often sacrificing their own families to be with us.” The family requested privacy due to the “impossibility of saying goodbye to Bryan.”
The motor neurons that connect the spinal cord to the brain degenerate in ALS rendering the brain incapable of controlling muscle movement. According to the ALS Association, as the disease progresses, patients eventually lose the ability to communicate, eat, move, and breathe.
Bullock, 59, had been dating Randall since approximately 2015 when he photographed her son Louis’s birthday. In an interview with Red Table Talk conducted in December 2021, she called him a “saint.”
“He is evolved on a level that is not human,” she said, adding that she adopted her daughter Laila shortly after the couple began dating.
“I have found the love of my life,” she declared.
In addition to the two children adopted by Bullock, Randall also had a daughter.
“It’s the best thing ever,” she said of their relationship. “…I don’t require a piece of paper to be a devoted partner…. I don’t need to be told to weather the storm with a good man.”
Bullock’s sister, pastry chef Gesine Bullock-Prado, penned a tribute to her sister’s partner on Monday, stating that she believes he “has discovered the best fishing spot in heaven and is already casting his lure into raging rivers teeming with salmon.” “ALS is a cruel disease, but it gives me some solace to know that he had the best caregivers in my incredible sister and the team of nurses she assembled to assist her in caring for him at home,” Bullock-Prado said. “Rest in peace, Bryan.”
His family suggested donating to the ALS Association or the Sean M. Healey & AMG Center for ALS at Massachusetts General Hospital.