In a somber announcement, the family of Bryan Randall, Sandra Bullock’s partner, revealed that he passed away over the weekend. The 57-year-old had been battling ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) for the past three years. The family disclosed the sad news in a statement to PEOPLE on Monday.

“It is with great sadness that we share that on Aug. 5, Bryan Randall passed away peacefully after a three-year battle with ALS,” his family shared. “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.”

Randall’s family expressed gratitude towards the medical professionals who provided care during his illness. “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 added.

During this time of grieving, the family has requested privacy as they come to terms with the loss of Bryan. The statement concluded with a poignant note: “At this time we ask for privacy to grieve and to come to terms with the impossibility of saying goodbye to Bryan,” signed off as “His Loving Family.”

Bullock and Randall’s relationship began when they first met in January 2015, with Randall being a model-turned-photographer who captured images of Bullock’s son Louis’s birthday. Their relationship gradually became more public, and they appeared together at events like Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux’s wedding.

Sandra Bullock, 59, spoke highly of Bryan Randall during a December 2021 appearance on Red Table Talk. She described their relationship and family dynamic, emphasizing that marriage was not a necessity for her devotion to Randall and her children. Bullock also highlighted Randall’s positive influence on her children, citing his Christian values and their differences as a source of growth.

In honor of Bryan Randall, his family has asked for donations to be made to the ALS Association and the Massachusetts General Hospital, rather than sending flowers. As the world mourns the loss of a loved one, Bryan Randall’s legacy and impact on those around him will undoubtedly be remembered.