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Welcome to Skye Online, a fansite for 21-year-old actress Skye McCole Bartusiak. Skye has been acting for most of her life, starring in popular movies such as "The Patriot" and "Boogeyman" as well as many independant films and TV shows. Here you will find the latest news, photos and anything else to do with Skye! Enjoy the site and come back soon. :)

Actress Skye McCole Bartusiak Celebrated at Houston Memorial Service
31 July 2014 | Posted By Madison
Clifford Pugh wrote for CultureMap Austin an article about Skye's memorial last Friday.

As a performer, Skye McCole Bartusiak thrilled audiences in such films as The Patriot and television shows like 24. But on July 25, in the shadow of a large wreath in the shape of a pink butterfly on the podium of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, the 21-year-old actress was remembered more for her warm spirit, sense of adventure and "uncontrollable contagious" laugh than her considerable acting talents.

"If you want to remember her, remember that smile and remember that laugh," her brother Stephen told several hundred mourners at a service to honor her memory.

Bartusiak died unexpectedly last weekend at a garage apartment adjoining her parents' home. Her mother told CNN that she had suffered periodic seizures in recent weeks. A spokesperson for the Harris County Medical Examiner's Office says the cause of death remains under investigation.

Lynne Buckridge, pastor at Heights Presbyterian Church, where Bartusiak and her family were members, told mourners that throughout her life, the actress had battled acute pancreatitis, chronic back pain as a result of an injury when she appeared on Broadway in The Miracle Worker in 2003, and epileptic seizures.

"Most 19- and 20 year-olds think they are 10 feet tall and bulletproof, but Skye recognized the realities of her own physical frailties," Buckridge said. "She was a person familiar with suffering."

As a successful actress at such a young age - she was 7 when she became famous after starring opposite Mel Gibson in the 2000 hit movie The Patriot - Bartusiak was "truly unique," Buckridge said.

"I mean not just anybody can steal a scene right out from under Mel Gibson. [But] there was a depth and authenticity to this young woman. Skye was probably a bit of mystery in Hollywood. She didn't fit neatly into any of those Hollywood categories. Skye was a gifted thespian, but as everyone is this room knows, she was so much more than that."

Her father, Don Bartusiak, said the family had received notes from friends and fans from around the world that used the same phrase to describe her: "She lit up the room."

"Skye's ability to engage people emotionally was exceptional," he said.

But she also was tough and brave, he said. "As an actress auditioning, Skye probably experienced more rejection in a decade than most people do in a lifetime. She was a fighter, but she never gave up. Her successes were well-documented but her challenges less so," he said.

Her brother, Stephen, recalled a close relationship that included regular outings to see the alternative band 311. They were slated to attend a concert by the group in Houston next week. "So remember my sister for being that free-spirited, happy-go-lucky rasta girl," he said, as the audience laughed.

"If you want to know what makes Skye happy, go out and plant a tree. Make it a place you can go to when you want to reflect. Make it a place where you write or where you think. But make it your safe place, because that's what Skye would want," he said.
In Loving Memory of Skye McCole Bartusiak
28 July 2014 | Posted By Madison
These photos of Skye McCole Bartusiak are the property of family members and friends and used solely for the purpose of sharing the montage that played as part of her memorial service on 7.25.14.

Skye McCole Bartusiak's Obituary
26 July 2014 | Posted By Madison
Skye's obituary was published in the Houston Chronicle on July 24 and 25, you can also read it below:

Skye McCole Bartusiak passed away on Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Houston TX. Skye was 21 years old and perhaps a more engaging young woman never walked Earth.

She was born in Houston TX on September 28, 1992. She attended St. Thomas Episcopal Academy and Lutheran South High School in Houston, and graduated from Laurel Springs High School in Ojai, CA in 2010.

Skye was an actor. After a multiple-year progression through talent competitions and print modeling jobs in Houston, she was cast in an ABC mini-series, Storm of the Century, in 1998. This marked the beginning of an active acting career that took her away from Houston for part-time residencies in Los Angeles, other cities in the U.S., Canada, Czech Republic, Australia, and New Zealand. She appeared in 14 feature films, numerous shorts, 7 television films, and in recurring or guest roles in 11 television series. In 2003, she starred in the Broadway revival of The Miracle Worker. Most recently, she directed 3 short films, and had begun to produce 2 others. She may be best remembered for the heart-tugging role of Mel Gibson's youngest daughter in The Patriot, for her recurring role as Megan Matheson in the television show 24, and as the frontier girl in the Hallmark movie Love Comes Softly.

Skye was an extrovert, optimistic, pleasant, and a joy to be with. She was a people person, not a scholar, to the continuing and loving annoyance of her parents. She wrote stories, poetry, and songs - often singing with friends who provided melodies. She loved her dogs, the sea, and dolphins. Skye was a foodie and frequent chef of family meals. Arguably the most world's most prolific text messenger, she was the family telecommunications consultant. She was elegant, articulate, and well-read. Skye made indelible impressions on people with her gifts of expression on stage and screen, and of engagement in person.

Skye contributed time and talent to charities including the Make-A-Wish Foundation at the Los Angeles Children's Hospital and the National Education Association's Read Across America program.

Skye was preceded in death by her grandparents, Wanda and R. Donald Bartusiak, Sr. and Johanna and Walter McCole. She is survived by her parents, Dr. R. Donald and Helen McCole Bartusiak; brother, Stephen D. Bartusiak of Houston TX; fourteen aunts and uncles, and twelve cousins living in Texas and Pennsylvania.

Visitation will be Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm at Heights Presbyterian Church at 240 W. 18th St., Houston TX 77008. A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 2 pm at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church at 11612 Memorial Drive, Houston TX 77024.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Skye McCole Bartusiak Foundation c/o Leonard S. Roth, Esq., 4265 San Felipe, Suite 500, Houston TX 77027 for distribution to charitable causes.
Skye Passes Away at 21
20 July 2014 | Posted By Madison
It breaks my heart to have to post this news. Our beautiful Skye passed away on Saturday, July 19. I'm at a loss what to say right now. My thoughts are with Skye's mother Helen, her father Donald, her brother Stephen and her boyfriend. What they are going through is unimaginable.

Skye achieved a tremendous amount in her life, she meant so much to so many and will be dearly missed. To her family and all who have been affected by her passing, I'm so sorry. She will forever be loved and remembered fondly.

Helen spoke with CNN:

"We lost our girl," Helen McCole Bartusiak told CNN.

While investigators have not determined a cause of death, Bartusiak had been suffering from epileptic seizures in recent days, according to her mother.

"She was a kind and really beautiful girl," her mother said.

Her boyfriend found Bartusiak sitting up in her bed in the garage apartment adjacent to her parents' Houston home, her mother said. "We think she had a seizure and choked and nobody was there."

Her mother said she started cardiopulmonary resuscitation on her daughter before paramedics arrived. "They were working on her for 45 minutes and could not get a heartbeat," she said.

"I've done CPR on that kid more than one time and it just didn't work this time," Bartusiak said.

She's suffered epileptic seizures since she was a baby, although they disappeared for a few years until returning last week, her mother said.

Bartusiak's mother spent Sunday morning looking through photos of her actress daughter for the funeral. The images include pictures with Presidents George W. and George H.W. Bush, Mel Gibson, Dennis Hopper and Michael Douglas, she said.

"The girl has lived such an amazing life," she said.

If you wish to send your condolences to Skye's family, feel free to e-mail me at skyembonline@gmail.com and I will pass your message onto them.
"Binding Providence" Teaser Screen Captures
11 July 2014 | Posted By Madison
Thought I'd include screen captures from the Binding Providence teaser in the gallery. If you haven't seen it or need a refresher, you can still watch on YouTube.

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