Sandra Bullock’s sister applauds her care for partner during his 3-year ALS battle before his passing

Sandra Bullock’s family commends her remarkable care for her longtime partner Bryan Randall during his undisclosed struggle with ALS (known as MND in the UK) before his untimely death at 57.

In a statement on Monday, the photographer’s family announced his passing on Saturday, August 5, after a three-year battle with the illness.

On Monday afternoon, Bullock’s sister, Gesine Bullock-Prado, shared her condolences on Instagram, mourning Randall’s loss and honoring her sister’s relationship with him since 2015.

‘I’m convinced that Bry has found the best fishing spot in heaven and is already casting his lure into rushing rivers teaming with salmon,’ she began. 

“ALS is a merciless ailment, yet there is solace in recognizing that he had the finest caregivers in my incredible sister and the team of nurses she gathered, who assisted her in tending to him at their home,” Bullock-Prado commented.

Gesine’s post concluded with a poignant message, “Rest in peace, Bryan,” and an encouragement for donations to both the ALS Association and Massachusetts General Hospital.

The Hollywood actress first encountered Bryan, a model-turned-photographer, in 2015 when he photographed her son Louis’s birthday. This encounter came five years after her tumultuous divorce from Jesse James, and after experiencing heartbreak in her previous relationships with celebrities like Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans.

In their last public appearance together in July 2020, Bryan was captured gazing affectionately at Sandra as they arrived at an intimate gathering in Studio City with her two children.

“t is with great sadness that we share that on Aug. 5, Bryan Randall passed away peacefully after a three-year battle with ALS,” his family revealed to People magazine.

“Bryan chose early to keep his journey with ALS private and those of us who cared for him did our best to honor his request. We are immensely grateful to the tireless doctors who navigated the landscape of this illness with us and to the astounding nurses who became our roommates, often sacrificing their own families to be with ours,” the family statement continued.

“At this time we ask for privacy to grieve and to come to terms with the impossibility of saying goodbye to Bryan,” The statement was signed off as “His Loving Family.”

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) has no known cure and is a fatal disease, progressing at varying rates in different patients.

People diagnosed with ALS typically have a life expectancy of two to five years after the initial symptoms appear, although around 10 percent of individuals live for at least a decade. ALS is also referred to as motor-neurone disease in some countries and is commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, named after the US baseball player who was diagnosed in 1939 at the age of 36.

Sandra Bullock and Bryan Randall, who did not have children together, each had children from previous relationships. Bullock is a mother to adopted son Louis, 13, and daughter Laila, 11, while Bryan has an adult daughter named Skylar from a previous relationship.

Although their relationship was kept private, Sandra spoke fondly of Bryan on Jada Pinkett Smith’s Red Table Talk in 2021, where she also discussed her 2010 divorce from ex-husband Jesse James. She emphasized that a paper marriage wasn’t necessary for commitment or motherhood, and praised Bryan’s qualities.

Sandra and Bryan went public with their relationship in 2015, attending events like Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux’s wedding. Sandra has not yet made a public statement about Bryan’s passing.

Before Bryan, Sandra was in a high-profile relationship with Jesse James, host of Monster Garage. They married in 2005 but divorced in 2010 after his admitted infidelity. Her previous relationships include Chris Evans, Ryan Gosling, Bob Schneider, Matthew McConaughey, Don Padilla, Troy Aikman, and Tate Donovan.

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