McCole Bartusiak ‘s boyfriend finds Bartusiak sitting in her bed inside the garage apartment next to her parents’ Houston home, leading her mother to believe she had a seizure and choked. Before paramedics arrived, her mother starts cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Paramedics spent 45 minutes trying to revive the actress, but could not get a heartbeat. Bartusiak’s mother:
I’ve done CPR on that kid more than one time, and it just didn’t work this time
In the days before she died McCole Bartusiak had been suffering epileptic seizures, according to her mother.