The former child star who played Mel Gibson's daughter in The Patriot has died at the age of 21.

Skye MCCole Bartusiak died at her home in Texas on Friday (18Jul14).

Bartusiak also appeared alongside Charlize Theron and Tobey Maguire in The Cider House Rules and in Don’t Say a Word, opposite Michael Douglas. She also featured on Tv in hit shows including House and Lost.

She becomes the second member of Gibson's The Patriot family to die young - her movie brother Heath ledger passed away following a prescription drug overdose in 2008.