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Bartusiak, actress from 'The Patriot,' dies at 21

Actress Skye McCole Bartusiak Dead At 21

HOUSTON (AP) - Actress Skye McCole Bartusiak, who portrayed Mel Gibson's young daughter in the 2000 film "The Patriot," died in her Houston home, her mother said Sunday. She was 21.

Bartusiak's mother, Helen Bartusiak, told The Associated Press the actress had been living in a garage apartment at her parents' home. She said the actress' boyfriend found her unresponsive on her bed Saturday.

Helen Bartusiak said she tried to resuscitate her daughter but could not. She said the actress had been healthy and did not drink or do drugs and the family did not yet know a cause of death.

Bartusiak made her acting debut in the television miniseries "Storm of the Century" in 1999 and also had a role on "24" in 2002-2003.

She made her film debut in the "The Cider House Rules" in 1999 and starred with Michael Douglas in "Don't Say a Word" in 2001. Her most recent move was "Sick Boy" in 2012.

Bartusiak was best known for her role in Gibson's Revolutionary War epic "The Patriot," where she played the daughter of militia leader Benjamin Martin who struggles to speak with her father.

"The Patriot" cast also included Heath Ledger, who died after an accidental overdose of painkillers and sedatives in 2008.

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mrusin1104 July 21 2014 at 1:14 PM

Headline says "Mother explains potential cause". Article says family did not yet know cause of death. Another brilliant lead in to nothing. R.I.P.!

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CAMERON July 20 2014 at 8:52 PM

To the Bartusiak. Family I am so very sorry for the loss of your daughter. Skye

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Pattie July 21 2014 at 1:16 PM

Dear AOL,

Do the people who write your articles also write the main page headlines and teasers? Surely they must not, because once again the headlines taunt with secrets to reveal that are never mentioned int he article. "Mother Explains Potential Cause". No she does not! In fact, she does just the opposite. She points out that her daughter was healthy, didn't drink or do drugs, and didn't have any idea of the cause of death. Maybe the headline editor was just sloppy, but then again maybe it's just more of your yellow journalism.

Rest in peace Skye. My prayers are with your family.

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phpoling July 21 2014 at 1:12 AM

No way..... It seem like only yesterday Skye was a beautiful little girl in The Patriot! Great and powerful movie.
No way..
I'm so sorry to heard about her untimely death.

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David July 20 2014 at 9:54 PM

"The Patriot" cast also included Heath Ledger, who died after an accidental overdose of painkillers and sedatives in 2008." WHAT THE HECK DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH BARTUSIAK'S DEATH? ARE YOU SPECULATING AS TO A SIMILAR CAUSE OF DEATH? GIVE THE KID A BREAK.

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rwcsammons July 21 2014 at 2:34 PM

What hack wrote this crap? They can't even use information from a video link THEY SUPPLY.This is worse than elementary school newspaper.

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PowellTreeCare rwcsammons July 21 2014 at 5:10 PM

Yes, it is. At least in elementary school journalism, they attempt to answer those pesky "who, what, when, where, why and how" questions that USED to be the standards for any article.

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msmith6791 rwcsammons July 21 2014 at 7:43 PM

Hey guys, just shut and buy the products from the advertisers. Somebody has to pay the bills!!! (heh heh)

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pjchilds July 21 2014 at 9:08 AM

Apartment over the garage... could be carbon monoxide poisoning. I lived in an apartment over a garage once and sometimes the fumes would seep upstairs.

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lareginaproduce July 21 2014 at 8:02 AM

So young. R.I.P.

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AMedicGary July 21 2014 at 1:10 PM

article headline states 'mother explains potential cause' then article reads 'family does not yet know cause of death' ........ aol / huffpoo, you people have GOT to be the most ignorant news reporters in the world.

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Joesph AMedicGary July 21 2014 at 3:04 PM

watch the video

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James AMedicGary July 22 2014 at 5:34 AM

She said her daughter suffered from epileptic seizures, a potential but not certain cause of death.

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Buckingham's July 21 2014 at 2:27 AM

What a tragic loss of a VERY beautiful girl.

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James Buckingham's July 22 2014 at 5:35 AM

Would it have been tragic if you thought she was VERY ugly?

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