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Patty Duke, Oscar-Winning Actress, Passes Away at 69

Patty Duke, Oscar-Winning Actress, Passes Away at 69

Patty Duke, who became an iconic teenage star with legions of fans from her hit TV series The Patty Duke Show, passed away earlier today at the age of 69. Her rep Mitchell Stubbs confirmed to ABC News that the actress died from sepsis from a ruptured intestine. Here's what the actress' family had to say in a statement about Patty Duke's passing.

"This morning, our beloved mother, wife, 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. We celebrate the infinite love and compassion she shared through her work and throughout her life."

Patty Duke was born Anna Marie Duke on December 14, 1946 in Elmhurst, New York, to Frances (McMahon), a cashier, and John Brock Duke, a cab driver and handyman. She started performing at a young age, with bit parts in

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