'The Patriot' Star Died of Accidental OD, Huffing Probable

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'The Patriot' Star Died of Accidental OD Huffing Probable

51 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF

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Skye McCole Bartusiak
-- who played Mel Gibson's daughter in the 2000 movie "The Patriot" -- died from an accidental mix of pain killers and muscle relaxers ... and it looks like she may also have been huffing ... TMZ has learned.

According to the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences, the primary cause of death was the combined toxic effects of hydrocodone -- typically Vicodin -- and difluoroethane with carisoprodol. Difluoroethane is a colorless gas used as a refrigerant, something huffed to get a high. Carisoprodol is a muscle relaxer.

As TMZ first reported, Bartusiak was found dead in her home in Texas on July 19.

Bartusiak was just 7 when she appeared in "The Patriot" and had appeared in only one other major film since then.




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This is so sad. Living out here, I can so easily see that so many people get sucked into the "keeping up with the Jones'". Just the other day, we were in West Hollywood eating at a well-known place (we love the food - only reason why we go!), and I can't even begin to tell you how many "wanna-be's" were there.

For those who taste a little bit of the fame and pampering that comes with it, to then realize that it's a very tough business .. it must be pretty hard on a person who is still trying to find their way in the world. You need to have a pretty hard constitution to deal with the entertainment business.

 

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This is so sad. I knew a woman who lost a son to huffing. Almost no one can quit that once they begin, for some reason. R.I.P. Ms. Bartusiak.
 

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Actress, 21, who played Mel Gibson's daughter in The Patriot died from HUFFING while on Vicodin and muscle relaxers


  • Skye McCole Bartusiak was found unresponsive in her Texas home July 19
  • Tests reveal she died of a mix of the opiate hydrocodone, muscle relaxer carisoprodol and the inhalable chemical refrigerant difluoroethane
  • Bartusiak's mother had previously suggested Skye had a seizure and choked while no one was around to help her

A former child actress who played Mel Gibson's young daughter in the 2000 film The Patriot died July 19 in part as a result of huffing, Texas Authorities revealed Monday.
Tests reveal 21-year-old actress Skye McCole Bartusiak had muscle relaxers, painkillers and a chemical refrigerant difluoroethane in her system at the time of her death, reports TMZ.
Her death has been ruled an accidental overdose likely caused by the mixture of Vicodin, the muscle relaxant carisoprodol and the refrigerant often abused as an inhalant.


Accidental overdose: Tests reveal 21-year-old actress Skye McCole Bartusiak had muscle relaxers, painkillers and a chemical refrigerant difluoroethane in her system at the time of her death

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.
Bartusiak's mother, Helen Bartusiak, told The Associated Press the actress had been living in a garage apartment at her parents' Houston home.

She said the actress' boyfriend found her there unresponsive on her bed.
Helen Bartusiak said she tried to resuscitate her daughter but could not. She said at the time that the actress had been healthy and did not drink or do drugs.
'We think she had a seizure and choked and nobody was there,' Bartusiak told CNN shortly after her daughter's death.


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

DIFLUORETHANE: INTOXICATING, DEADLY AND COMMON IN MANY HOUSEHOLDS

Difluoroethane is a chemical found in products such as canned 'Duster' type sprays.
According to the New Jersey Department of Health, it is 'colorless and odorless gas used as a liquefied compressed gas. It is used as a cooling agent, as an aerosol propellant and in the manufacture of other chemicals.'
Difluoroethane is sometimes abused for its 'euphoric' effects, but has been known to cause accidental death in those who inhale it.
It is also flammable and a known cancer-causing agent.

Her mother said:
'We lost our girl,She was a kind and really beautiful girl.'
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.
The Patriot cast also included Heath Ledger, who died after an accidental overdose of painkillers and sedatives in 2008.


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Huffing is like sniffing - breathing in chemicals/inhalants to get high.