She had a smile that would light up the room and a scream that could chill you to the bone. It is with a truly heavy heart that we report on the passing of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre star Marilyn Burns.
TMZ broke the news about an hour ago that Burns was found dead today at her home in Texas. Burns was found by a family member in Houston, according to her rep, who adds they don’t know a cause of death yet. The Medical Examiner’s Office in Houston confirms they have Marilyn’s body and an autopsy will be performed.
There have been conflicting reports of her age as either 64 or 65, but there’s no doubt Burns became a cult superstar after the release of the 1974 horror flick. Her character, Sally Hardesty, is the sole survivor of Leatherface’s bloody rampage. She had cameos in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation and 2017’s Texas Chainsaw 7D. She could also be seen in the 1976 TV movie “Helter Skelter,” Tobe Hooper’s Eaten Alive, Future-Kill, and will last be seen in Josh Vargas’ indie film In a Madman’s World, which is currently in post-production.
Chris Roe, her manager, also confirmed the news to us directly: “It is with sad news that I can officially confirm that actress Marilyn Burns passed away earlier today. She was found unresponsive by a family member this morning in her Houston, Texas, area home. Her family asks for privacy at this time. Further details will be released later.”
We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to offer our sincerest of condolences to Marilyn’s friends, family, and constituents. You’ll forever live in our hearts, darling. Rest easy and keep on smiling.
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