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'ER' actress Mary Mara dead at 61 after drowning in an "apparent swimming accident"

'ER' actress Mary Mara dead at 61 after drowning in an "apparent swimming accident"

The 61-year-old reportedly drowned while swimming in the Lawrence River in Cape Vincent, New York.

Actress Mary Mara, who was known for her roles in Criminal Minds and ER has tragically passed away. The 61-year-old reportedly drowned while swimming in the Lawrence River in Cape Vincent, New York. According to New York State Police, her body was found on Sunday morning, and while the circumstances suggest an accidental death, the investigation remains ongoing. 

Police responded to 33753 Old Farm Road in Cape Vincent, Jefferson County, at around 8:10 a.m. about a possible drowning. "When Troopers, along with Cape Vincent Fire and Ambulance arrived on the scene, they discovered a female deceased in the St. Lawrence River," stated a release according to Fox News

"The preliminary investigation suggests the victim drowned while swimming. The victim's body showed no signs of foul play and was transported to the Jefferson County Medical Examiner's Office pending an autopsy to determine an official cause of death," noted officials. 



 

 

In a statement, Mara's brother-in-law Scott Dailey revealed that the actress had been staying at her sister Martha's summer home when the "apparent swimming accident" occurred. The artist's manager, Craig Dorfman, also confirmed the news of her death and remembered her as "one of the finest actresses I ever met."

"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," explained Dorfman according to PEOPLE. Mara, who was born on September 21, 1960, in Syracuse, N.Y., attended San Francisco State University and Yale School of Drama before launching into a successful career that spanned over three decades.

Mara had recurring roles in shows like Criminal Minds, NYPD Blue, Nash Bridges, Ray Donovan, Law & Order, The Practice, Star Trek: EnterpriseGideon's Crossing, Shameless, Lost, and Dexter. She also made appearances in Ally McBeal, The West Wing, Judging Amy, Monk, Nip/Tuck, 7th Heaven, and Bones.



 

 

"She specialized in complex portrayals of often-troubled characters; perhaps the most familiar was her recurring role in the 1990s of Loretta Sweet, a sympathetic, down-and-out prostitute and single mother on the NBC series, 'ER,'" reads her obituary. 

Mara went on to star in movies including Just Looking, Gridiron Gang, Love Potion No. 9, K-PAX, and Prom Night (2008). Having debuted in 1989's The Preppie Murder, her final onscreen appearance was in the 2020 film Break Even before she retired and moved back to Syracuse. 

The actress is survived by her stepdaughter, Catie Mersola, sister Martha, her sister and a brother-in-law, Susan Mara and Scott Dailey; and nephew, Christopher Dailey. 

Cover image source: IMDb

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