Skye McCole Bartusiak, Actress in ‘The Patriot’ & ’24,’ Dead at 21
Skye McCole Bartusiak, who is perhaps most remembered for her role in 2000's 'The Patriot,' was found dead Saturday in her home in Texas. She was only 21 years old.
According to TMZ, Bartusiak was found in the garage apartment behind her home shortly after 9 AM Saturday morning. There were reportedly no obvious signs of foul play or suicide, but an autopsy will be done to determine the cause of death.
Bartusiak started as a child actress, first appearing in the Stephen King mini-series 'Storm of the Century' in 1999 and then next in the Mel Gibson hit 'The Patriot.' Bartusiak played Gibson's daughter and young sister to Heath Ledger, who is remembered for her tearful goodbye before Gibson's character, Benjamin Martin, leaves his family for war against the British.
She went on to co-star in the second season of '24,' where in one of the season's subplots, her character is under protection by Jack Bauer's daughter, Kim Bauer (Elisha Cuthbert).
Skye's Memorable Scene from 'The Patriot'