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‘Saving Private Ryan’ star in critical condition

Tom Sizemore on August 11, 2014, at TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. (Andreas Branch/Patrick McMullan/Sipa USA/TNS)
February 21, 2023

Actor Tom Sizemore remains in critical condition after being hospitalized for a brain aneurysm.

Sizemore, 61, was at his Los Angeles home when he suffered the aneurysm, his manager Charles Lago told the Associated Press. Sizemore — who played Sgt. Mike Horvath in the 1998 film “Saving Private Ryan” and Lt. Col. Daniel McKnight in the 2001 film “Black Hawk Down” — was taken to an intensive care unit.

As of Monday, Lago said Sizemore’s condition remains critical and is a “wait and see situation.”

A brain aneurysm is a bulge in an artery that’s positioned in or around the brain. The aneurysm can burst, resulting in a sudden and severe headache.

According to the National Institute of Health NIH), the risk of brain aneurysms can be increased with age and by high blood pressure, heavy alcohol use, smoking cigarettes and drug abuse, particularly cocaine. A brain anueryism can result in serious health problems such as a hemorrhagic stroke, brain damage, coma, and even death.

Sizemore has a history of drug abuse and past run ins with law enforcement. 

According to The Wrap, Sizemore has struggled with heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine addiction since he was 15 years old. In 2006, he was charged with using methamphetamine outside a motel and he pleaded no contest.

In 2007, while on probation for a previous drug charge, Sizemore was again arrested for methamphetamine possession.

Sizemore’s “Heat” co-star Robert DeNiro had intervened at one point to help him achieve sobriety. He also participated in “Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew” in the show’s third season in 2010.

Despite his efforts to achieve sobriety, Sizemore has appeared to continue to struggle with drug addiction. In 2019, the Hollywood Reporter reported that he was found in possession of “various illegal narcotics” after being pulled over by the Burbank Police Department.

Sizemore has also faced allegations of abusing his romantic partners.