A few years later, he was part of an ensemble that included Ewan McGregor and Tom Hardy in Ridley Scott’s “Black Hawk Down,” about a botched military operation in Somalia.

His acting won frequent plaudits, and his craft was widely admired by fellow professionals.

– Personal troubles –
But off-screen Sizemore’s life kept unravelling.

He blamed prolific drug use, including of crystal methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine, for some of his darker episodes.

In 2003 he was convicted of attacking his then-girlfriend and spent eight months in jail.

Drug possession landed him in trouble with the law several times over the following years, at least once resulting in more jail time.

In 2017 he pleaded no contest to more domestic violence charges.

Despite his personal troubles, he continued to work, appearing in TV standards including “Hawaii Five-O” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”

On February 18, he collapsed at his Los Angeles home after suffering a stroke and subsequent aneurysm. He had been in intensive care since.

Lago said he would miss his “great friend.”

“Tom was one of the most sincere, kind and generous human beings I have had the pleasure of knowing. His courage and determination through adversity was always an inspiration to me.”

The actor’s brother, who was with him when he died, said he was “deeply saddened.”

“He was larger than life. He has influenced my life more than anyone I know. He was talented, loving, giving and could keep you entertained endlessly with his wit and storytelling ability. I am devastated he is gone and will miss him always.”