According to the Pulaski County Coroner Garland Camper, Blount most likely died on Monday. No foul play was expected.
Blount, who received a Golden Globe nomination for her 1982 role as Deborah Winger's best friend in "An Officer and a Gentleman," may have died from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a rare blood disorder in which low levels of platelets prevent the blood from clotting properly. The condition can lead to bleeding and bruising.
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Her mother, Louise Blount, believes it contributed to her daughter's death.
"I think that might have been part of the problem when she passed away because when I found her she had a purple look on her neck that looked like blood on the surface," she said.
In addition to acting, Blount was also an Oscar-winning filmmaker. She and her husband, actor and director Ray McKinnon, shared the Academy Award for Live Action Short Film for "The Accountant" in 2001.