Sandra Bullock’s family lauded her for her ‘wonderful’ care for her longtime companion Bryan Randall throughout his secret fight with ALS (known as MND in the UK) before his tragic death at the age of 57.

The photographer’s family announced on Monday that he died on Saturday, August 5, three years after being diagnosed with the illness.

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Bryan, a model-turned-photographer, first met the Hollywood actress in 2015, when he photographed her son Louis’s birthday. It happened five years after her tumultuous divorce from Jesse James and her heartbreaking love life with other celebs like Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans in the past.

In July 2020, the former model was photographed adoringly staring at his girlfriend as they arrived at an intimate event in Studio City with her two children.

People with ALS are anticipated to live two to five years after symptoms appear, while 10% live for at least ten years. It is also known as motor-neurone disease in some countries.

The disease is also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, after the US baseball player who was diagnosed with it in 1939 at the age of 36.

Bullock has two adopted children — son Louis, 13, and daughter Laila, 11 — and Bryan has an adult daughter named Skylar from a previous relationship.

Who is Gesine Bullock-Prado?

Gesine Bullock-Prado is a pastry chef, author, former Hollywood player and sister of Sandra Bullock.

Gesine Bullock-Prado, Bullock’s sister, took to Instagram on Monday afternoon to lament Randall’s death and to honour her sister, who had been in a relationship with Randall since 2015.

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‘I’m confident Bry has discovered heaven’s best fishing area and is already casting his lure into flowing rivers teeming with salmon,’ she said.

‘ALS is a brutal disease, but there is some comfort in knowing he had the greatest of carers in my amazing sister and the band of nurses she assembled who assisted her in caring for him in their house,’ Bullock-Prado wrote.

‘Rest in peace, Bryan,’ Gesine said at the end of the message, encouraging donations to both the ALS Association and Massachusetts General Hospital.