Sandra Bullock has to be hurting as her longtime partner, the one she called the love of her life, Bryan Randall passes away this weekend, after a three-year battle with ALS. While Bullock hasn’t made a public statement, Randall’s family has and so has her sister, Gesine Bullock-Prado…
Bryan Randall Passes Away From ALS At 57
Bryan Randall was fighting a quiet but tough battle with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. It’s an incurable nervous system disease that weakens muscles and impacts physical function and can be managed by medications and physical therapy up until a point. Tragically, Randall lost his battle with ALS, aged just 57 and his family shared a statement with People Magazine.
“It is with great sadness that we share that on Aug. 5, Bryan Randall passed away peacefully after a three-year battle with ALS. 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.”
His family also expressed their gratitude for the medical care that he received, writing, “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.
The statement ended with Randall’s grieving family asking for some privacy, as they wrote, “At this time we ask for privacy to grieve and to come to terms with the impossibility of saying goodbye to Bryan.” Also, In lieu of flowers, Randall’s family asked for donations to be made to the ALS Association and the Massachusetts General Hospital.
For Sandra Bullock, Bryan Randall Was “The Love Of Her Life”
Bullock has had a vivid dating history, given she went around with the likes of Ryan Gosling and Matthew McConaughey before getting married to West Coast Choppers’ founder, Jesse James. The marriage ended in 2010 after James was accused of having affairs by multiple women.
The “Speed” actress first met Bryan Randall, who was a model-turned-photographer when he photographed her son Louis’s birthday in January 2015. Sparks flew and the two began dating, cementing their relationship by going public later the same year. They have been together since then, and Bullock admitted that he was the ONE for her, during an appearance on the “Red Table Talk” with Jada Pinkett Smith, her mom, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, and daughter, Willow Smith.
Said the normally reticent actress, “I found the love of my life. We share two beautiful children— three children, [Randall’s] older daughter. It’s the best thing ever.” Bullock is mother to son Louis, 13, and daughter Laila, 11, whom she adopted in 2010 and 2015, respectively.
Bullock also went on to say that while she didn’t feel that other women should also follow what she did, personally, “I don’t need a paper to be a devoted partner and devoted mother. I don’t need to be told to be ever present in the hardest of times. I don’t need to be told to weather a storm with a good man.”
Sandra Bullock’s Sister Applauds Her Amazing Caretaking
In recent times, some in the media reported that Randall and Bullock’s relationship was on the rocks and that they were having a “cooling off period.” While the truth of their relationship was theirs alone, Bullock’s sister, Gesine Bullock-Prada has only good things to say about her. Calling ALS a cruel disease, Gesine felt that there was “comfort in knowing he had the best of caretakers in my amazing sister and the band of nurses she assembled who helped her look after him in their home.”
Fans are definitely sympathizing with Bullock given that she just lost the man she loved. Bullock also felt that Randall set an amazing example for their kids, as she added, “He’s the example that I would want my children to have. I have a partner who’s very Christian and there are two different ways of looking at things. I don’t always agree with him, and he doesn’t always agree with me. But he is an example even when I don’t agree with him. I’m stubborn but sometimes I need to sit back and listen and go, ‘You’re saying it differently but we mean exactly the same thing.’” She also admitted that it was “hard to co-parent because I just want to do it myself.”
Fans and friends alike sent in their condolences, feeling for the whole family, but especially Sandra who seems to be mourning it all, in private. RIP Bryan Randall…