Child stars just don’t have it easy. While some are able to graduate to teen and adult roles without a problem and then live productive and meaningful lives, so many of them end up getting into trouble instead. Some of this trouble almost always includes drugs and alcohol. Making the situation even worse, not all child stars are able to stop and put their lives back together before it’s too late, which is such a shame. Today, we’re taking a look at child stars who got into drugs and wound up six feet under. If they are not a warning for child stars today, we don’t know what is!
9. Skye McCole Bartusiak
Skye McCole Bartusiak – who played Mel Gibson’s daughter in “The Patriot” – died in her sleep back in 2014. She was only 21. The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences determined that her death was an accident and was due to the “combined toxic effects of hydrocodone and difluoroethane with carisoprodol.”
According to the National Institutes of Health, Hydrocodone is found in painkillers while carisoprodol is a muscle relaxant. Difluroethane is an inhalant found in household products that can be used to get high. According to her mother, Bartusiak had been suffering from epileptic seizures before her death.