Oscar-winning actress Patty Duke has died at age 69

Academy and Emmy award-winning actress, Patty Duke has died at age 69 (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Patty Duke died this morning, ABC News has confirmed. According to her rep, Mitchell Stubbs, the cause of death was sepsis from a ruptured intestine.

The actress, whose real name was Anna Pearce, was 69.

"She was a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a friend, a mental health advocate and a cultural icon," Stubbs added in a statement. "She will be greatly missed."


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