"Texas Chain Saw Massacre" star Marilyn Burns dead at 65

Horror actress Marilyn Burns, best known for starring in the 1974 classic "The  Texas Chainsaw Massacre," died at her home in Houston on Aug. 5, 2014. She was 65. Bryanston Pictures

Iconic "scream queen" actress Marilyn Burns has died. She was 65.

"It is with sad news that I can officially confirm that actress Marilyn Burns passed away earlier today," a rep said in a statement Tuesday to The Hollywood Reporter. "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."

Burns was best known for her starring turn in Tobe Hooper's 1974 horror classic "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre," which is often credited with popularizing the slasher film sub-genre and inspiring countless imitators. In the film, Burns played Sally Hardesty -- the sole survivor, or so-called "final girl," of serial killer Leatherface's deadly rampage.

Following the release of "Texas Chain Saw," Burns went on star in other horror films like Hooper's 1977 release "Eaten Alive" and the 1981 revenge flick, "Kiss Daddy Goodbye."

Her acting career largely quieted after the early-1980s, save for a cameo appearance in 1994's low-budget "Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation," which starred Matthew McConaughey and a then-unknown Renee Zellwegger. Burns also had another cameo in 2013's "Texas Chainsaw 3D."

A recently-restored version of the original "Texas Chain Saw Massacre" is being released in theaters this summer to mark the film's 40th anniversary.

Burns can be seen below in a new trailer for the restored version, but we caution that the clip is not for the easily-frightened:

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