‘Patriot’ actress Skye McCole Bartusiak dead at 21
HOUSTON, Texas — 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 has 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.
Bartusiak had been preparing to produce and direct her first feature film in recent months, her mother said.