Skye McCole Bartusiak, the Patriot child star, dies 21

Skye McCole Bartusiak (September 28, 1992 – July 19, 2014) was an American film and television actress.

McCole Bartusiak first starred in The Patriot, starring Mel Gibson, in 2000. She later played the young Marilyn Monroe in the TV miniseries Blonde, and Don't Say a Word alongside Michael Douglas and Brittany Murphy, both in 2001. She also played the young Charlie McGee in the sequel to Firestarter, Firestarter 2: Rekindled and Megan Matheson during season two of the television series 24.

Skye McCole Bartusiak cause of death

Celebrity web sites TMZ and Variety reported on July 19, 2014, that McCole Bartusiak was found dead in her apartment behind her parents' Houston home. Variety staff said she "died in her sleep"; TMZ reported that no foul play is suspected, pending the results of toxicology tests. Her mother told CNN that the actress was found by her boyfriend, sitting up in her bed; she began CPR on her daughter before paramedics arrived, who then worked "for 45 minutes" to no avail. Helen McCole Bartusiak said Skye had recently been suffering from epileptic seizures and that this likely played a role in her death.

The Patriot - Skye is the little girl with a doll