Texas Chainsaw Massacre star Marilyn Burns is dead

Aug 6, 2014 at 11:04 a.m. ET
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Marilyn Burns (pictured on the right alongside Tobe Hooper and Caroline Williams), the actress best known for her role as Sally in the iconic 1974 horror film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, has died.

Burns was found dead at her home in Houston, Texas, by a family member on Tuesday, according to TMZ. The cause of her death is still unknown and will not be determined until an autopsy is performed. She was just 65 years old.

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Burns' rep also confirmed the sad news to E! News, saying, "She was found unresponsive by a family member this morning in her Houston, TX area home. Her family asks for privacy at this time. Further details will be released later."

The iconic horror actress became a cult favorite and was the sole survivor of chainsaw-wielding Leatherface's bloody rampage in Hooper's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Burns previously spoke with Terror Trap about her emotions after starring in her first leading role.

"Afterwards, I was just so grateful it was over. I probably was the happiest girl alive. During it, I was 100% focused and I probably wasn't a joy to be around. It was an interesting shoot for sure," she said.

She also played cameo roles in the remakes of the horror film in 1994 and 2013, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation and Texas Chainsaw 3D respectively as well as films Eaten Alive, Butcher Boys and Kiss Daddy Goodbye.

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Burns was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, and she was clearly a favorite of the horror genre. She also starred as Charles Manson family member Linda Kasabian in the 1976 three-time Emmy-nominated TV miniseries Helter Skelter.

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Our thoughts are with the actress' family and friends during this sad time.

Watch the original trailer for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre here.