Tom Sizemore Passes Away at 61 After Aneurysm and Stroke Complications
Tom Sizemore, a veteran actor acclaimed for his intense and vivid tough-guy performances in movies such as “Heat” and “Saving Private Ryan.,” directed by Steve Spielberg, passed away on Friday, his manager confirmed. He was
Sizemore’s death comes nearly two weeks after he collapsed at his Los Angeles home on Feb. 18 and was hospitalized with a brain aneurysm, which occurred as a result of a stroke. He remained hospitalized in a coma until his death on Friday.
Steven Spielberg directed Tom Sizemore in his memorable role in the Academy Award-winning World War II epic, Saving Private Ryan.,. In 1999, he starred alongside Tom Hanks and Matt Damon as Sgt. Mike Horvath in the Oscar-winning movie, which was awarded four statuettes, including Best Director for Spielberg, as well as a further six nominations, including Best Picture.
Sizemore, born in Detroit on Nov. 29, 1961, made the move to New York City in the 1980s to pursue a career in acting. In 1989, one of his earliest credits was a role in the Academy Award-nominated movie “Born on the Fourth of July.” directed by Oliver Stone. Tom Hanks and Matt Damon collaborated with Sizemore in Steven Spielberg's World War II drama, “Saving Private Ryan.,” (CBS Photo Archive).
Sizemore had a lifelong battle with substance abuse. In 2003, he was found guilty of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, the former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss. The two subsequently appeared on Celebrity Rehab together. In 2017, The Hollywood Reporter reported that, in 2003, Sizemore had been dismissed from the set of Born Killers due to claims of sexual assault against an eleven-year-old girl. Charges brought by the girl against Sizemore were dismissed.
In the 2000s, Sizemore's struggle with heroin and methamphetamine addiction continued, and his efforts to overcome it were the subject of a 2007 documentary series called Shooting Sizemore. After the expiration of the restraining order Fleiss had against him, Sizemore appeared on the VH1 reality series Celebrity Rehab and Celebrity Rehab: Sober House three years later.
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