`The Patriot` actress Skye McCole Bartusiak dead at 21

IANS| Last Updated: Jul 20, 2014, 17:07 PM IST

Los Angeles: Skye McCole Bartusiak, who played Mel Gibson`s daughter in the 2000 hit movie, `The Patriot`, is dead. She was 21.

According to reports the police found her dead in the garage apartment behind her home in Texas around 9 a.m. Saturday. The cause of death was not immediately determined and no foul play was suspected, police said adding that it was being treated as a natural causes death. The autopsy results were yet to come.

Actress Abigail Breslin, who is Bartusiak`s longtime friend, confirmed reports of the actress` death on her Twitter handle, reports a website.

"One of my very good friends and someone who was like a sister to me, Skye McCole Bartusiak passed away today. So devastated," tweeted Breslin, know for her role in the `Little Miss Sunshine`.

Skye was only seven years old when she starred along with Gibson in the historical war film.

Her recent release includes `Sick Boy`.