Patty Duke dead at 69

Actress Patty Duke who is best known for her portrayal of Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker has passed away at the age of 69.

Duke died of sepsis from a ruptured intestine, according to a statement from Mitchell K. Stubbs & Associates, the agency that represented her.

“This morning, our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, matriarch and the exquisite artist, humanitarian, and champion for mental health, Anna PATTY DUKE Pearce, closed her eyes, quieted her pain and ascended to a beautiful place,” her family said in a statement posted by her son actor Sean Astin. “We celebrate the infinite love and compassion she shared through her work and throughout her life.”

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