Family members say that Bryan Randall, Sandra Bullock’s longtime partner and with whom she had a child, has died. In private, Randall, who was 57, had been fighting the progressive neurodegenerative disease Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease.
In a statement to People, his family said, “It is with great sadness that we tell you that Bryan Randall died peacefully on August 5 after a three-year battle with ALS.” “Bryan decided early on to keep his experience with ALS private, and those of us who cared for him did our best to respect that.”
The statement thanked the “tireless doctors” and “amazing nurses” who helped care for him and asked for privacy as the family grieves the “impossibility of saying goodbye to Bryan.”
The motor neurons that connect the spinal cord to the brain die off in people with ALS. This makes it impossible for the brain to control muscle movement. The ALS Association says that as the disease worsens, people lose the ability to speak, eat, move, and breathe.
Bullock, 59 years old, has been with Randall since around 2015, when he took pictures of her son Louis’s birthday party. In an interview with Red Table Talk in December 2021, she called him a “saint.”
“He’s evolved to a point where he’s not human,” she said, adding that she had given Laila to him soon after they started dating.
She said, “I found the love of my life.”
Randall had a daughter in addition to the two children that Bullock adopted.
She said of the couple’s relationship, “It’s the best thing that’s ever happened.” “…I don’t need a piece of paper to be a loyal partner. I don’t need to be told that a good man will help me through a storm.”
Gesine Bullock-Prado, Bullock’s sister and a pastry chef, wrote a tribute to her sister’s partner on Monday. She said she thinks he “has found the best fishing spot in heaven and is already casting his lure into rushing rivers full of salmon.”
“ALS is a cruel disease, but it helps to know that he had the best caretakers in my wonderful sister and the group of nurses she put together to help her care for him in their home,” Bullock-Prado said. “May Bryan rest in peace.”