Susan Sarandon's Brother Terry Tomalin Dies at 55, Actress' Daughter Pays Tribute

by Jackie Willis 10:54 AM PDT, May 20, 2016
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Susan Sarandon's brother, Terry Tomalin, has died after reportedly suffering a heart attack while taking a lifeguarding test with his 14-year-old daughter, Kai. He was 55.

Tomalin worked as the outdoors editor for the Tampa Bay Times, and was at the North Shore Aquatic Center in St. Petersburg, Florida ,when he collapsed and never regained consciousness, the newspaper reports.

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"We are devastated," Tomalin's wife, Kanika Tomalin, told the Times. "He loved us. He loved his family so much, and we loved him."

On Thursday, Sarandon's daughter, Eva Amurri Martino, paid tribute to her uncle on Instagram, and her mother later retweeted the message. "Thank you to everyone who reached out with love at the passing of my brother Terry Tomalin," Sarandon wrote, including a link to the Instagram post.

"Today, Heaven gained the most caring, adventurous, and fun-loving Angel around. My Uncle, Terry Tomalin, passed away this afternoon- very suddenly from a heart attack," Martino captioned an image of her late uncle. "He was an avid Outdoorsman, prolific writer, great friend, pillar of the community, and most importantly a dedicated husband and father who had such a fierce love for his family."

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She added, "He leaves behind an incredible wife and two amazing children who can do with all the prayers, love and light you might send their way. Our whole family mourns this heartbreaking loss today, and we are so grateful for the time we had with him and the positivity and dedication he taught us while here."

Tomalin and Sarandon are one of nine siblings who grew up in New Jersey. In 1980, Tomalin moved to Florida to pursue his love for the outdoors.

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