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‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ Actress Marilyn Burns Dies At 65

A group of friends are hunted by a family of cannibals – including the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface – while visiting an old home. There are several sequels and remakes that all bare the franchise name (shown above), but few come close to the original’s thrills. (credit: New Line Cinema)

A group of friends are hunted by a family of cannibals – including the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface – while visiting an old home. There are several sequels and remakes that all bare the franchise name (shown above), but few come close to the original’s thrills. (credit: New Line Cinema)

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HOUSTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) - Actress Marilyn Burns, perhaps best known as the heroine in the 1974 cult hit “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” has died. She was 65.

Her manager, Chris Roe, confirmed Wednesday that Burns was found unresponsive by a family member at her Houston-area home Tuesday morning.

A cause of death has not been determined.

Burns’ career included roles in several horror films spanning 40 years including “Eaten Alive,” and the TV mini-series “Helter Skelter.” She  also made cameos in the 1994 and 2013 ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ sequels.

In the 1974 film, her character was the only one to escape the rampage of the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface.

Roe described Burns as an “incredibly gracious and giving person” who was quick with a smile.

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