TORONTO — Actress Skye McCole Bartusiak, who played the kidnapped daughter of Michael Douglas in the made-in-Toronto thriller Don’t Say a Word, has died. She was 21.
According to reports, Bartusiak was found Friday at her home in Texas. Police said there were no obvious signs of foul play or suicide but a cause of death has not been determined.
Actress Abigail Breslin tweeted the sad news:
One of my very good friends and someone who was like a sister to me, Skye McCole Bartusiak passed away today. So devastated.
— Abigail Breslin (@yoabbaabba) July 20, 2014
Bartusiak is also familiar for playing the daughter of Mel Gibson in 2000’s The Patriot and she had a recurring role in the TV series 24.
She portrayed the young Meg Ryan character in the Toronto-shot Against the Ropes and appeared in The Cider House Rules, which had its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 1999.
Bartusiak is the second actress from 2001’s Don’t Say a Word to die at a young age. Brittany Murphy died in 2009 at 32 from pneumonia and drug intoxication.
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