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Last updated 15:11 21/07/2014
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DEAD AT 21: Child actress Skye McCole Bartusiak at the premiere of the Patriot in 2000.

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Actress Skye McCole Bartusiak, who portrayed Mel Gibson's young daughter in the 2000 film The Patriot, has died in her Houston home. She was 21.

Bartusiak's mother, Helen Bartusiak, told The Associated Press the actress had been living in a garage apartment at her parents' home. She said the actress' boyfriend found her unresponsive on her bed Saturday.

Helen Bartusiak said she tried to resuscitate her daughter but could not. She said the actress had been healthy and did not drink or do drugs and the family did not yet know a cause of death.

Bartusiak made her acting debut in the television miniseries Storm of the Century in 1999 and also had a role on 24 in 2002-2003.

She made her film debut in the The Cider House Rules in 1999 and starred with Michael Douglas in Don't Say a Word in 2001. Her most recent move was Sick Boy in 2012.

Bartusiak was best known for her role in Gibson's Revolutionary War epic The Patriot, where she played the daughter of militia leader Benjamin Martin who struggles to speak with her father.

The Patriot cast also included Heath Ledger, who died after an accidental overdose of painkillers and sedatives in 2008.

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