Sean Astin Pays Tribute to Mom Patty Duke, More Celebrities React to Her Death

PHOTO: Actress Patty Duke shown with her son, actor Sean Astin at the Creative Coalitions 2004 Capitol Hill Spotlight Awards ceremony in 2004 in Washington, DC. PlayDavid S. Holloway/Getty Images
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Actor Sean Astin has released a family statement regarding the death of his mother, Patty Duke.

Astin posted a photo on his Facebook page of the actress holding him as a baby, along with a short tribute to his mother on behalf of his family.

Duke, whose real name was Anna Pearce, died this morning at age 69.

"This morning, our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, matriarch and the exquisite artist, humanitarian, and champion for mental health, Anna PATTY DUKE Pearce, closed her eyes, quieted her pain and ascended to a beautiful place," the family statement read. "We celebrate the infinite love and compassion she shared through her work and throughout her life."

"I love you mom," added Astin.

Other celebrities have also taken to social media to react to the news of Duke's death, including Rose McGowan, Claire Coffee and Willie Garson.