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Patty Duke Dead: Oscar-Winning, Former Child Star Dies, Aged 69

That star won her Academy Award in 1962.

30/03/2016 10:22 | Updated 30 March 2016

Actress Patty Duke has died at the age of 69, it has been confirmed.

The star passed away on Tuesday (29 March), at a hospital near her Idaho home, the New York Times reports.

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Patty in 2013

Her cause of death is reportedly due to complications following a ruptured intestine.

Patty’s showbiz career began back in 1959, when at the age of 12 she played Helen Keller in the Broadway play, ‘The Miracle Worker’.

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Patty with her Academy Award

When she reprised the role for a big screen adaptation in 1962, Patty was awarded the Best Supporting Actress Oscar.

The actress also starred in a number of other projects, after first coming to fans’ attention over fifty years ago, including ‘Hawaii Five-O’, and more recently, ‘Glee’.

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