Oscar winner Patty Duke dies at 69

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – MARCH 23: Actress Patty Duke speaks during the Social Security Administration Reunites the cast of “The Patty Duke Show” press conference at the Paley Center for Media on March 23, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

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Oscar winner Anna "Patty Duke' Pearce died early Tuesday morning from sepsis stemming from a ruptured intestine according to a statement from her talent agency.

She was 69.

"She was a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a friend, a mental health advocate and a cultural icon. She will be missed," the statement said.

Duke, who won an Oscar as a teen for ``The Miracle Worker'' and maintained a long and successful career throughout her life.

She built on her success in teen-hood by playing identical cousins on the popular sitcom, ``The Patty Duke Show.''

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 30: (U.S. TABS AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) Actress Patty Duke attends the Creative Coalition's 2004 Capitol Hill Spotlight Awards ceremony with her son actor Sean Astin March 30, 2004 in Washington, DC. (Photo by David S. Holloway/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 30: (U.S. TABS AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) Actress Patty Duke attends the Creative Coalition's 2004 Capitol Hill Spotlight Awards ceremony with her son actor Sean Astin March 30, 2004 in Washington, DC. (Photo by David S. Holloway/Getty Images)

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