Actress Skye McCole,Who played Mel Gibson’s Daughter in ‘The Patriot’ Dies at 21

By on July 20, 2014

Actress Skye McCole Bartusiak, best known for her role as Mel Gibson’s daughter in The Patriot, has died. She was 21 years old.

It was reported that the cause of death of the former child star remains unknown, but it has been reported that she passed away in her sleep in her family’s home in Texas Saturday. mel gibson2

Bartusiak was seven years old when she was cast in the role of Susan Martin, the daughter of Benjamin Martin played by Gibson in the 2000 hit film directed by Robert Emmerich.

The cast of the American Revolutionary War epic also included a young Heath Ledger, who played Susan’s older brother. The Australian actor died in 2008, aged 28, from a prescription drug overdose.

Bartusiak’s movie credits also included smalls parts in the psychological thriller Don’t Say a Word starring Michael Douglas and Cider House Rules with Charlize Theron. 

Police sources told the celebrity gossip site they have not detected any ‘obvious signs’ of foul play or a suicide.

An autopsy will be performed to determine a cause of death and a toxicology report is still pending.

According to Facebook and LinkedIn profiles, Skye was the daughter of Don Bartusiak, chief engineer with Exxonmobile based out of Houston.

The 21-year-old is also survived by her mother, Helen, and her older brother, Steve.

Fellow child star Abigail Breslin, 18, sent out a tweet Saturday night eulogizing Skye, whom she described as a very good friend who was like a sister to her.



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