24’s Skye McCole Bartusiak dies

Skye McCole Bartusiak (right) as Megan Matheson in 24's second season
Skye McCole Bartusiak (right) as Megan Matheson in 24’s second season

Skye McCole Bartusiak, who played Megan Matheson in eight episodes of 24‘s second season, died on Saturday. She was 21 years old.

TMZ reports that she was found dead in a garage apartment behind her house. The cause of death is currently unknown but the coroners office already did an autopsy on the body.

Her mother Helen McCole Bartusiak revealed to CNN that Skye had been suffering from epileptic seizures since she was a baby, although they had disappeared in recent years. She thinks that Skye suffered a seizure and choked to death in her sleep as nobody was around to help her.

Skye also appeared in popular TV series like “Lost” and “House M.D.” and starred in 2000 movie “The Patriot” alongside Mel Gibson. Best wishes to her family during this time.

Here are some behind the scenes photos of her time on 24.

Skye isn’t the first 24 Season 2 actor to pass away – in August 2011 Francesco Quinn (who played Syed Ali) suffered a severe heart attack while playing with his ten year old son at his Malibu home.

Source TMZ


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That is just horrible news to hear. My thoughts are with her family and friends. RIP Skye.

Very sad news. Viewers would never imagine for a moment that this young, happy, talented child with her whole life in front of her would be snatched away a mere 11 years later.

Belated RIP to Syed Ali, I had no idea he was gone too.

I’m so sorry to hear this. Very sad and heartbreaking. I hope a cause of death is found.

God, how tragic and devastating. :( Prayers and thoughts for her family.

July 20, 2014 at 12:25 am
Absolutely horrible and just heartbreaking. There’s something seriously wrong with this world.

That’s really sad…….. Had no idea she was 21yrs of age wayyyy to young Lord be with her family….. way to bad.

That bang on her head her father gave her must have been the cause. She never made it back from that hospital Kim took her too. R.I.P. Megan

Not funny at all, man…not funny at all.

Agreed, Trev. Next time you cross the road Shannon, don’t bother looking!


what an absolute joke u are shannon .. how old are u? ..10 maybe? .. grew the hell up u stupid person

Someone ban this bitch.

Benjamin Ayegba Isah
July 20, 2014 at 2:54 am
RIP Megan
RIP Syed Ali

Gone so young, so sad. :-(

Oh god, this is awful, so young…

Variety reported she died in her sleep.

She was such a talented young actress. :( R.I.P. Skye.

RIP Skye “Megan Matheson” McCole Bartusiak

Very sad indeed. Can I ask where you got the behind the scenes photos from?

Got these out of my image collection, unfortunately I don’t remember the original source(s) since it was so very long ago. I believe her parents posted these photos online somewhere back in 2003.

July 20, 2014 at 10:31 am
The news of Skye McCole Bartusiak’s death is shocking and heartbreaking. My condolences go out to her friends and family. I’ve always been such a huge fan of Season 2 of 24. I think that it’s one of the five best seasons of 24. Regarding the 24 actor Francesco Quinn, I had no idea that he had died. I found out today online that Francesco Quinn died on August 5, 2011 at the age of 48 from a heart attack while running with his son Max. Francesco Quinn was the guy that portrayed the major villain Syed Ali in 24 Season 2. I also found out today online that Francesco Quinn was the son of Oscar winning actor Anthony Quinn. R.I.P. Skye and Francesco

It is a tragedy every time someone that young dies. Their whole lives before them. It hurts me everytime. May God watch over their families

Very sad news to hear R.I.P.

Kiki Vanderway
July 20, 2014 at 6:12 pm
So sad…her mother reported she suffered from epileptic siezures. Prayers for her family and friends.

John Neighbors
July 20, 2014 at 7:27 pm
My heart and prayers are with Skye McCole Bartusiak’s family.

Geez, I don’t know what to say that hasn’t already been said by other 24 fans: sorry to hear this, and I send my condolences.

Very sad news. R.I.P.

What’s the cause of her death?

I read on CNN that her mother believes she knows the cause of death. (btw, an autopsy was performed, awaiting results). Her mom says Skye has suffered with epileptic seizures most of her life. They went away for several years but they reappeared about a week before her death. She thinks she died because no one was there to help her during a seizure.

I pray strength for the family to get through this heartbreaking time. Very sad to here this..

Is this really a news story as she doesnt look 21 years of age or did they get it wrong ?

Im sure she would only be in her teens still unless she was vertically challenged??

Throwing caution to the wind with this story as it dont seem real at all

July 21, 2014 at 4:29 pm
Um… not sure if troll. Those pictures are from over 10 years ago when she was on 24. She’s since grown up, buddy.

She was such a big part of the first half of season 2. An interesting set used 24 prop that I acquired recently, now has even more sentimental value to me following her death. It’s the original California license plates that were on the suv that Kim and Megan were driving during those season 2 chases with her father Gary ! Such a sad day. She was superb in “The Patriot” as well. RIP Skye.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. Heaven has gained a new angel.

edwine okingo
July 25, 2014 at 7:08 am
My heart most felt condolences goes out to the families of Skye, may the spirits rest your soul

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