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‘ER’ Actress Mary Mara Passes Away at 61 After Drowning in NY River

We are sorry to share the sad news of Mary Mara’s sudden death with you. The American actress passed away on Sunday, June 26 after an apparent drowning. Continue reading further to learn more details about Mary’s tragic death.

Mara’s death news was confirmed by her manager Craig Dorfman

The sad news of Mary’s passing away was shared by her manager Craig Dorfman. On Monday, he told Us Weekly, “Mary was one of the finest actresses I ever met.” At the time, the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit alum was 61 years old.

Craig went on to say, “I still remember seeing her onstage in 1992 in Mad Forest Off-Broadway. She was electric, funny, and a true individual. Everyone loved her. She will be missed.”

How did Mary Mara die?

According to a press release put out by the New York State Police on Monday, June 27, Mara’s body was found by emergency responders in Cape Vincent, New York, on Sunday morning around 8:10 a.m. ET.

Soon afterward, the firefighters, state troopers, and an ambulance replied to the call for a reported possible drowning in the St. Lawrence River, which flows into Lake Ontario. The police issued a statement that read, “The victim’s body showed no signs of foul play and was transported to the Jefferson County Medical Examiner’s Office.”

According to the primary investigation that was held, it has been stated that Mara died by drowning while she was swimming in the river which is on the U.S./Canadian border but still an autopsy is being done to confirm the cause of her death.

A little bit about Mary’s personal life

Mary Mara was born on September 21, 1960, in Syracuse, New York. She attended San Francisco State University and Yale School of Drama, also founding a theater group in the Bay Area.

Mara is survived by her sister Martha Mara as well as sister Susan Mara, brother-in-law Scott Dailey and nephew Christopher Dailey as well as stepdaughter Katie Mersola.

Mary Mara worked in many films and shows

Throughout her acting career that spanned more than three decades, Mary appeared in several movies such as Blue Steel, The Hard Way, True Colors, Out of the Rain, What Kind of Mother Are You?, A Civil Action, Switched at Birth, Stranger Inside, Saint Sinner, Undoing, Prom Night and Break Even.

Mara also starred in many great shows including LostLaw & Order, Nash Bridges, NYPD BlueThe West Wing, Third Watch, Without a Trace, Shameless, Bones, Criminal Minds, General Hospital, Dexter, Lie to Me, Saving Grace and Boston Public.

Mary was well-known for her recurring roles such as Inspector Bryn Carson on Nash Bridges, Loretta Sweet on ER, Mrs. Sullivan on Ray Donovan, and Valerie Hodges on Dexter. Her final role on the big screen came in the year 2020 with the film Break Even. She essayed the role of Molly in the movie.

We send our deepest condolences to the close friends and family of Mary Mara during this difficult time. Don’t forget to stay in touch with us for the latest updates from the world.

Meenal Mehta
Hi, I am Meenal. I'm a travel enthusiast, a movie buff and a cricket fan all wrapped in one. I love to capture moments through my words. Writing is my happy space, it has been a great way of putting all my thoughts out and feel liberated.


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