Oscar-winning actress Patty Duke dies aged 69
Patty Duke, who won an Oscar as a teenager for The Miracle Worker and maintained a long and successful career throughout her life, has died at the age of 69.
Duke's agent, Mitchell Stubbs, said the actress died early on Tuesday morning of sepsis from a ruptured intestine. She died in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, according to Teri Weigel, the publicist for her son, actor Sean Astin.
Duke, born Anna Marie Pearce, followed on her early success playing the young Helen Keller with a popular sitcom, The Patty Duke Show, which aired in the mid-1960s. She played dual roles under a then-unconventional premise: identical twins living in Brooklyn Heights.
Duke was also an outspoken advocate for mental health. She was diagnosed as bipolar in 1982 after years of battling mental illness.