Skye McCole Bartusiak, an actress who portrayed Mel Gibson’s young daughter in the 2000 film “The Patriot,” was found dead July 19 at her home in Houston. She was 21.
Her mother, Helen Bartusiak, confirmed the death and said the actress had been living in a garage apartment at her parents’ home. She said the actress’s boyfriend found her unresponsive on her bed. She said that the actress had been healthy and did not drink or do drugs and that the family did not yet know a cause of death.
Ms. Bartusiak made her acting debut in the television miniseries “Storm of the Century” in 1999 and also had a role on “24” from 2002 to 2003. She made her film debut in “The Cider House Rules” in 1999 and starred with Michael Douglas in “Don’t Say a Word” in 2001. Her most recent movie was “Sick Boy” in 2012.
Ms. Bartusiak was best known for her role in Gibson’s Revolutionary War epic “The Patriot,” in which she played the daughter of militia leader Benjamin Martin who struggles to speak with her father.
Rilwanu Lukman, a Nigerian-born engineer and oil minister who served as secretary general of OPEC, died July 21 in Vienna. He was 75.
OPEC announced the death but did not disclose the cause.
Mr. Lukman steered the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries through the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis, when crude fell to $10 a barrel. He presided over a record number of OPEC conferences and was the group’s secretary general for six years until 2000. Mr. Lukman was Nigeria’s oil minister from 1986 to 1990 and again from 2008 to 2010.
Mr. Lukman was born in Zaria, in northern Nigeria. He trained as an engineer to work at tin mines in the country’s central plateau around the city of Jos. After several promotions, he had risen by 1979 to become chief executive of Nigerian Mining Corp.
Mr. Lukman served four different Nigerian leaders either as minister or energy adviser during more than two decades until he left office in 2010. He was also named the West African nation’s mining and steel minister in 1984.
He put reforms in place to change the way Nigeria regulated and funded its oil and gas industry, overseeing the drafting of the first Petroleum Industry Bill sent to lawmakers in December 2008. The legislation remains stalled in parliament over differences between the government and energy companies including Royal Dutch Shell, Exxon Mobil and Chevron.
— From wire reports