Before it died, did you have any dash lights? Especially the Battery light?
When the engine is running, all of the electrical power is supplied by the alternator. It also recharges the battery. If the alternator isn't working, the car will run on the battery (for a while), until it wears down. Usually you get a Battery light on while driving, indicating that the alternator isn't working. Try turning the key to ON, but don't start it - you should see the battery light. If not, either the light is burned out or the wire to the alternator is broken (or a bad alternator ground), which would cause the lack of charge.
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