Anna “Patty Duke” Pearce, the Oscar-winning former child actress died on March 29 at 1:20 a.m., at a hospital in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho. She was 69.
The news was confirmed Tuesday by one of her representatives, Mitchell Stubbs, says Romper. The family, fans as well the entire world is mourning the death of this legendary star.
Patty, at the age of 16, won an Oscar for critically-acclaimed movie “The Miracle Worker.” Later she played the identical cousins with very different personalities for three seasons in her own TV sitcom, “The Patty Duke Show.” The show was also a huge success. Sources say, she died of sepsis from a ruptured intestine. Apart from being an Oscar-winning star, Patty was also a strong mental health advocate, a doctor of Humane Letters, Civil Rights activist, a minister, a caring mother, an affectionate Grandmother, a loving wife, and a loyal friend.
It is truly no wonder that Patty’s second last and final tweets were indicative of her “endless love and compassion” as her family supposed, reports Bustle.
Her last Tweets read out:
Hi tweethearts and FB friends. I have been absent, but not far, believe me. I love and miss you all. Hopefully back more soon and often
— Patty Duke (@pattyduke_id) March 1, 2016
30 years ago today, Mike and I married. We having a very happy and quiet day. Love and hugs to all
— Patty Duke (@pattyduke_id) March 15, 2016
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sepsis is the body’s irresistible and life-threatening response to an infection which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. In Patty Duke’s case, a ruptured intestine was the source of her sepsis. Patty has lived happily with her fourth husband, Michael Pearce for the past 25 years in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho.
Patty’s autobiography, which she co-wrote with L.A. Times film critic Kenneth Turan, “Call Me Anna” reveals a lot about the star. In the life-story, she confessed that she had fought back for years with bipolar disease and concreted the way for mental health advocacy. Again in 1997, Patty co-authored a second book concerning her experiences with medication and becoming stable, “A Brilliant Madness: Living With Manic-Depressive Illness.” Duke’s oldest son, actor Sean Astin, is successfully carrying his mother’s legacy as a mental health advocate.