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    Default 21 yr old 'Patriot' actress Skye McCole Bartusiak dead

    By Alan Duke CNN
    'Patriot' actress Skye McCole Bartusiak dead

    Bartusiak's mom says she had been suffering from seizures

    UPDATED 12:08 PM CDT Jul 20, 2014



    Actress Skye McCole Bartusiak is seen with Mel Gibson at the premiere of "The Patriot" in 2000.
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    (CNN) —Actress Skye McCole Bartusiak, who played Mel Gibson's youngest daughter in "The Patriot," died Saturday at her home in Houston, her mother said Sunday. She was 21.

    "We lost our girl," Helen McCole Bartusiak told CNN.


    While investigators have not determined a cause of death, Bartusiak had been suffering from epileptic seizures in recent days, according to her mother.
    "She was a kind and really beautiful girl," her mother said.


    Bartusiak's most visible role was as the young daughter of Mel Gibson's Revolutionary War "Patriot" character in the 2000 movie.


    Her movie acting career began when she was just 6 in 1999 with a role in "The Cider House Rules."


    She played the daughter of Michael Douglas' character in "Don't Say a Word" in 2001.


    Her last film role was the lead in "Sick Boy," a low-budget thriller released in 2012.


    Bartusiak had been preparing to produce and direct her first feature film in recent months, her mother said.


    Her boyfriend found Bartusiak sitting up in her bed in the garage apartment adjacent to her parents' Houston home, her mother said. "We think she had a seizure and choked and nobody was there."


    Her mother said she started cardiopulmonary resuscitation on her daughter before paramedics arrived. "They were working on her for 45 minutes and could not get a heartbeat," she said.


    "I've done CPR on that kid more than one time and it just didn't work this time," Bartusiak said.


    She's suffered epileptic seizures since she was a baby, although they disappeared for a few years until returning last week, her mother said.


    Bartusiak's mother spent Sunday morning looking through photos of her actress daughter for the funeral. The images include pictures with Presidents George W. and George H.W. Bush, Mel Gibson, Dennis Hopper and Michael Douglas, she said.


    "The girl has lived such an amazing life," she said.



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    Damn that's sad. RIP.
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    This must be devastating for her parents. I cannot imagine, this is just so sad.

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    I read about this over the weekend. So sad.

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    That's awful. But something about the way her mom talks about her sounds . . . off to me. I can't put my finger on it. Not that I think the mom had anything to do with it, she just doesn't sound all that upset. It's like she's speaking about someone she wasn't that close to. But I guess people grieve in different ways.
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    I agree.

    "I've done CPR on that kid more than one time and it just didn't work this time," Bartusiak said.
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    The Patriot is one of my favorite mindless movies. Don't know why. She was good in it. Too, too young. RIP.

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    God help her parents.
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    Poor kid. RIP.

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    Horrible. So young to die.
    I saw this photo on another site of her with Brittany Murphy. I liked this film,so weird to think they are both gone.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sluce View Post
    I agree.

    "I've done CPR on that kid more than one time and it just didn't work this time," Bartusiak said.
    ^^Everything is "that kid" or "that girl" or "the girl." If I lost my daughter, I would be face down wailing about my baby, and she's not a baby. I know I can't expect everyone to react the same way, but still. It's just weird.

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    That hit me strange as well.

    Granted, she might be zonked out on xanax or tranquilizers. I would be if my 21 year old daughter suddenly died.
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    Terribly young to be gone. Poor family. Quite a career for a person so young. RIP.
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    I'm guessing she's numb and hasn't processed it yet- so heartbreaking. No parent should ever have to bury their child.

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    The distancing language somewhat alarmed me. It's not a normal variation on grief or shock imo.
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