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Memorial service for actress Patty Duke held in Coeur d'Alene

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

The memorial service for actress Patty Duke was held Saturday morning. The Oscar winner and long-time Coeur d'Alene resident died of sepsis late last month. Hundreds of people attended the service and thousands more watched the service via KHQ's live stream. We received messages from across the state, across the country and across the world during the service.

The service was open to the public and is took place at Lake City Church in Coeur d'Alene.

Friends and family remembered Anna Pearce, known to the world as Patty Duke, as a funny caring and passionate person who spoke out bluntly about her struggles with bipolar disorder in her memoir, "Call Me Anna."

Following news of her death, he son, actor Sean Astin, told KHQ, "You know, I'm happy today. Because she's not in pain anymore. I'm an actor and when we see our colleagues pass we're crushed. It's devastating. But you also get a chance for everyone to celebrate the best of what that person achieved in their life, and today's my mom's turn."

Duke was married to her husband Michael Pearce for more than 30 years and shared a small Coeur d'Alene home together. Since her death, Pearce has been speaking out about sepsis, which he called "A silent killer." He did not speak at the service.

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