"Sarah... She was four. Stupidest thing. A school trip to the swimming pool. She was playing tag- she slipped, hit her head, and that was it... She loved tag. I'm sure she was laughing. When I received the call I was driving and ever since that’s what I do. I wake up, I go to work and then I just drive."
―Ryan on her daughter's death in the script
Sarah Stone
Age 4 at the time of death
Gender Female
Occupation None

Sarah Stone was Dr. Ryan Stone' s daughter. 

Biography of CharachterEdit

While Stone and Matt Kowalski are making small talk to keep themselves calm, she mentions that she is not married (possibly divorced) but had a daughter, who she may have adopted. One day when she was driving home from work and listening to the radio, she got a call that informed her that the 4-year-old Sarah had slipped and fell at the playground during a game of tag, getting a head injury which killed her. Judging by the way Ryan talks about her death, Sarah most likely died instantly. On her daughter's death, Dr. Stone says: "That's it. It's the stupidest thing". Ryan is devastated by this and spends her evenings after work taking long drives listening to NPR, the station that was playing when she first heard the news of her daughter’s death in an attempt to push away accepting it. Stone fell into a deep depression which left her guilt-ridden and angry at the world. Stone becomes withdrawn and decides eventually that she wants to die and be with her daughter, claiming that she hopes to see her soon, via committing suicide via Hypoxia in the Soyuz Capsule

Ryan tells Kowalski in a prayer that her daughter has long brown hair that she didn't like to comb, resulting in lots of knots. She also mentions that Sarah lost her red shoe and was worried about it, but Ryan later found it under the bed. Ryan says that she is so proud of her daughter and misses her a lot.  


Gravity scene Matt & Ryan talk

Gravity scene Matt & Ryan talk


  • In the script, Sarah slipped and died at a school trip to a community pool. In the film, it is suggested to be a rainy playground.