Patty Duke, child star, Oscar winner and advocate for mental health, dies at 69

March 29, 2016 10:29 PM

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Patty Duke, a onetime child actress who won an Oscar at 16 and overcame an exploited youth and ravaging mental illness to excel in television, theater and film for more than half a century, died March 29 at a hospital in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. She was 69.

Her death was reported by the Associated Press. The cause was sepsis from a ruptured intestine, according to her agent, Mitchell Stubbs.

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