- Sandra Bullock’s longtime partner, Bryan Randall, has died after a private battle with ALS.
- Randall’s family said he died on Saturday, three years after receiving an ALS diagnosis. He was 57.
- There is no known cause or cure for ALS, though some drugs may slow progression.
Bryan Randall, actor Sandra Bullock’s longtime partner, died over the weekend after a private diagnosis of ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 57.
Randall’s family announced the news of the model-turned-photographer’s death in a statement to Insider on Monday.
“It is with great sadness that we share that on August 5th Bryan Randall passed away peacefully after a three-year battle with ALS,” his family said. “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.”
Randall’s family continued, “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.”
Bullock and Randall first met when he photographed her son Louis’s birthday in 2015, People magazine reported. People was first to announce Randall’s death Monday.
ALS is fatal because people lose control of their ability to swallow or breathe
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, is a is a disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and in the spinal cord, making movements like walking, talking, and even swallowing and breathing become more difficult over time.
Often called Lou Gehrig’s disease, in honor of the New York Yankee who died of ALS at age 37 in 1941, the condition usually begins with some muscle weakness, twitching in the hands or feet, or slurred speech.
On average, people live two to three years after their diagnosis, though there are outliers, like Stephen Hawking, who live for decades with ALS.
Scientists don’t fully understand what causes ALS, though roughly 5-10% of cases are believed to be genetic. There is no cure for the disease, though there are a few FDA-approved drugs that can slow its progression.
“At this time, we ask for privacy to grieve and to come to terms with the impossibility of saying goodbye to Bryan,” the family said.