Bryan Randall, long-time partner of award-winning actor Sandra Bullock, has passed away, family members said. Randall, who was 57, had privately battled the progressive neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease.
“It is with great sadness that we announce that Bryan Randall passed away peacefully on August 5 after a three-year battle with ALS,” his family said in a statement to People. “Bryan chose early on to keep his journey with ALS private and those of us who cared for him did our best to honor his request.”
The statement went on to thank the “tireless doctors” and “amazing nurses” who helped care for him, and asked for privacy as the family mourns the “impossibility of saying goodbye to Bryan”.
ALS causes the motor neurons that run from the spinal cord to the brain to degenerate, preventing the brain from controlling muscle movements. As the disease progresses, people eventually lose their ability to speak, eat, move and breathe, according to the ALS Association.
Bullock, 59, had been with Randall since about 2015 after photographing her son Louis’s birthday. In a December 2021 interview with Red Table Talk, she described him as a “saint.”
“He’s evolved on a level that’s not human,” she said, saying she adopted her daughter, Laila, not long after they started dating.
“I found the love of my life,” she said.
Along with the two children Bullock adopted, Randall also had a daughter.
“It’s the best thing ever,” she said of the couple’s relationship. “…I don’t need a newspaper to be a devoted partner. …I don’t need to be told to weather a storm with a good man.”
Bullock’s sister, pastry chef Gesine Bullock-Prado, wrote a tribute to her sister’s partner on Monday, saying she is convinced he has “found the best fishing spot in heaven and is already casting his lures into rushing rivers that merge with salmon.”
“ALS is a cruel disease, but there is some comfort in knowing that he had the best caretakers in my wonderful sister and the group of nurses she gathered who helped her care for him in their home,” Bullock-Prado said. “Rest in peace, Bryan.”