Sandra Bullock’s longtime partner, Bryan Randall, has died at the age of 57.
Bullock, 59, met the Portland-based photographer when he was hired to capture her son Louis’ birthday party in early 2015 and hit it off immediately.
His family confirmed the tragic news in a heartbreaking statement to People magazine on Monday.
“It 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 wrote.
“Bryan chose early to keep his journey with ALS private and those of us who cared for him did our best to honour 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.
“At this time we ask for privacy to grieve and to come to terms with the impossibility of saying goodbye to Bryan.”
It was signed: “His Loving Family.”
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is an incurable neurological disease that affects motor neurons, which control voluntary muscle movement.
The rate at which ALS progresses can be quite variable, although the mean survival time with ALS is two to five years.
It is unknown when Mr Randall was diagnosed with ALS.
However, despite being one of the most bankable actresses In Hollywood, Bullock has noticeably cut back on her work in the past two years.
She most recently appeared on screen in the action films Bullet Train and The Lost City, which were released in 2022 but were filmed during 2020 and 2021, respectively.
Bullock, who has two adopted children as a single parent, made a rare comment about her relationship with Mr Randall during a 2021 interview and opened up about co-parenting his daughter from a previous relationship.
“I found the love of my life. We share two beautiful children— three children, [Randall’s] older daughter. It’s the best thing ever,” she said.