‘Patriot’ actress Skye McCole Bartusiak dead at 21

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Skye McCole Bartusiak (Wikipedia)

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.


  • Viki View

    Epilepsy kills more people than Breast Cancer and Gun Violence COMBINED annually, yet it receives little government funding for research. Where are the politicians and media on this deadly issue?!

  • CHudson

    I was fortunate to work with her on the set of The Patriot. She was very sweet and kind.
    I’m extremely sad to hear this news. My heart goes out to her family.

  • Linda Holder

    Unfortunately, epilepsy is not a popular disease, not even with physicians. Most physicians use the term “seizure disorder” instead of epilepsy because of it’s negative connotation. You don’t see any telethons or celebrities rallying to find a cure ( except for the Travolta’s after their son died as a result of this desease). Most adults who suffer from this desease often hide their afflection from co-workers, friends, family and even, the most dangerous of all, their physician. Many still think of epilepsy as a mental disorder, something that, with a little self-control, can be managed. I speak from experience, having raised 2 children with this desease. It’s about time that someone speaks out and demands that epilepsy research is on par with cancer, heart disease and even muscular dystrophy research. Just because a disease is not popular doesn’t mean that it suould be ignored.

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