Sandra Bullock ‘grateful’ for fans’ gesture after her partner’s death
Sandra Bullock reported that he is “grateful” after seeing the outpouring of support towards ALS research after the the recent death of her husband, Bryan Randallwho died of the condition.
A source close to the actress told People that Bullock has “seen the incredible support of ALS research since Bryan’s death”.
“It was very important to her, when she and her family first reported Bryan’s death, that those who had been on this journey with her and Bryan, from the beginning, were recognized – by the Healey Center at Mass General a “lead the way,” says the source.
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Randall, who was only 57 when he died, had suffered from the condition, commonly known as motor neurone disease in Australia, for the past three years.
In lieu of flowers, his family requests that donations be made to the ALS Association and Massachusetts General Hospital. A spokesperson from the ALS Association later confirmed People that they saw “an additional $50,000 raised from donors in Bryan’s honor and an increase of over 100,000 new visitors to our website”.
The source close to Bullock continued: “She’s so grateful to everyone who donated and she’s happy that something so sad for other people came out of something so broken.
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Randall died on August 5 after a silent battle with the rare brain disease that affects nerve cells in the spinal cord and brain, causing loss of muscle control.
According to the Mayo Clinic, it gets worse over time, and while it can be slow with treatment and therapy, there is no cure. The cause of the disease is not known.
Randall was a model and photographer who met Bullock when she hired him to photograph her son Louis’ birthday party in January 2015.
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The famously private couple dated for eight years, although they never married, with Bullock explaining why in an appearance on Red Table Discussion in 2021.
“I found the love of my life. We share two beautiful children – three children, [Randall’s] an older daughter. It’s the best thing ever,” said Bullock, who is mother to 13-year-old Louis and 10-year-old daughter Laila, whom she adopted.
“I don’t want to say do it my way, but I don’t need paper to be a devoted partner and a devoted mother,” Bullock said at the time.