By Jacqueline Lindenberg for DailyMail.com
20:14 04 January 2024, updated 21:03 04 January 2024
Sandra Bullock has released the ashes of her partner Brian Randall in Wyoming, according to her sister Gesine Bullock-Prado.
In an Instagram post shared on Saturday, Gesin appeared to confirm that The Proposal actress, 59, had her ashes scattered over the Snake River in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to honor the late photographer.
‘Happy Birthday, Bry. “Sandy brought you to the river, like she promised,” Gesin captioned the post, which showed a video of the river.
During the clip, as the sun was shining in the sky, the sound of water flowing peacefully echoed all around.
Randall died at the age of 57, five months earlier, on August 5, 2023, after a three-year private battle with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).
According to the Mayo Clinic, ALS is a ‘nervous system disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord,’ and there is no cure for the disease.
At the time of the photographer’s tragic death, his family released a statement to People.
‘We are very sad to announce that on August 5, Brian Randall passed away peacefully after a three-year battle with ALS.’
The family added, ‘Brian decided early on to keep his journey with ALS private, and those of us who cared for him did our best to honor his request.’
‘We are so grateful to the tireless doctors who navigated this disease landscape with us and to the amazing nurses who became our roommates, often sacrificing their families to be with us.’
‘At this time we ask for privacy to grieve and accept the impossibility of saying goodbye to Brian.’ Finally, Randall’s loved ones said, ‘His loving family.’
Bullock’s sister Gesine also mourned the photographer’s death and praised the ‘wonderful’ way Sandra looked after her longtime partner during his personal ALS battle.
She wrote on Instagram: ‘I’m sure Bry has found the best fishing spot in heaven and is already casting his lure in fast rivers with salmon.’
Bullock-Prado said, ‘ALS is a cruel disease, but there is some comfort in knowing that he had the best caregivers in my wonderful sister and the group of nurses who helped her care for him in her own home. of.’
Gesin wrote at the end of the post, ‘Rest in peace, Brian,’ and encouraged donations to both the ALS Association and Massachusetts General Hospital.
Sandra and Brian first encountered each other in 2015 when they photographed her son Louis’s birthday party.
Later in October of that year, the pair went public with their relationship while attending the premiere of Our Brand Is Crisis.
Bullock and Randall were last photographed together in July 2020 when they attended a small gathering in Studio City with the star’s two children, Lewis, 13, and Layla, 11.
The model-turned-photographer also has a daughter, Skylar (30), from a previous relationship.
Sandra — who was married to Jesse James from 2005 to 2010 — opened up about her relationship with Bryan during an interview on Jada Pinkett-Smith’s Red Table Talk in 2021.
The Bird Box actress said, ‘I’m one of those who went through the divorce process, but then she added, ‘I found the love of my life.’
‘We have two beautiful children – triplets, their eldest daughter. “It’s the best thing that’s ever happened,” Bullock said.
She also recalled informing Brian that she planned to adopt another child, although they ‘were not together that long.’
‘I said, “Remember that NDA you signed when you photographed my son?” I said, “You know, it’s still standing.”
‘He said “Why?” I said, “I’ll bring a baby home when I get back from Toronto.” He was very happy, but scared.
He further said, ‘I am a bulldozer. My life was already on track and here is this beautiful man who wants nothing to do with my life but wants to be the perfect person.
Although Sandra and Brian never married, the two were seen ‘exchanging vows’ during an intimate ceremony held in December 2017 – three years before the photographer’s ALS diagnosis.
In a video obtained by DailyMail.com, the couple can be seen dancing in celebration after the ceremony took place – which was also attended by close friends and family.
‘They really did it for the kids, kind of to seal the deal and show them that this is a forever thing,’ a close friend told DailyMail.com. After the ceremony, Louis and Layla started calling Brian Dad.