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Mary Mara Death Updates – ER and Star Trek star dies aged 61 after drowning in river as her career highlights are revealed

TV actress Mary Mara was found dead on Sunday at the age of 61.

The ER star reportedly drowned in the St. Lawrence River, which is where New York State police officers found her body.

The actress’ manager, Craig Dorfman, told Fox News Digital: “Mary’s body was found in her beloved St. Lawrence River this morning. She drowned while swimming.”

The remains of the Ray Donovan actress were taken to the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy.

A preliminary investigation found that there was no evidence of third-party debt.

Police believe Mara drowned while swimming, but the investigation is ongoing.

Read our Mary Mara blog for updates on her cause of death…

  • Annette O’Toole remembers

    Actress Annette O’Toole wrote that Mary was “funny, kind, brilliantly talented”.

  • Former colleague shares tribute

    A Twitter user claims to have been working with Mary for two years.

    Bob Saenz calls Mary a “consummate professional, funny, sharp, kind, a first class person.

    “She was kind enough to attend a dinner reading of one of my earliest screenplays.”

  • Earliest credit

    Mary’s earliest acting credit dates back to the 1989 film The Preppie Murder.

    The actress worked regularly for three decades before retiring in 2020.

  • Recurring roles

    Mary has had recurring roles on shows such as Criminal Minds, Nash Bridges, NYPD Blue, Ray Donovan, Star Trek: Enterprise, Lost, Dexter and Shameless.

    She also appeared in The West Wing, Monk, Nip/Tuck and Bones.

  • cancer survivor

    Mary has sometimes posted on her Instagram about her recovery from cancer.

    In his tribute, former co-star Jon Lindstrom said Mary had “plowed through the aftermath of chemo.”

  • Enthusiastic swimmer

    Mary’s love for the river and all things water is evident on her Instagram page.

    The St. Lawrence River is mentioned in many of the late actress’ posts.

  • Obituary for Maria

    Mary’s obituary, available to PEOPLE, showcases the 61-year-old’s work as a character actress.

    “She specialized in complex portrayals of often troubled characters,” says her obituary.

    “Perhaps best known was her recurring role in the 1990s as Loretta Sweet, a likeable, seedy prostitute and single mother on the NBC series ‘ER.'”

  • bicoast life

    Although a native of Syracuse, Mary attended San Francisco State University and the Yale School of Drama.

    She also started a theater company in the Bay Area.

    After retiring in 2020, Mary moved back to Syracuse after years of career living on the Bi-Coast in New York City and Southern California.

  • Mary starred in Twelfth Night

    In the Bard production of the famous 1989 Shakespeare play Twelfth Night, Mary starred opposite Jeff Goldblum and Michelle Pfeiffer.

    The play was part of New York City’s Shakespeare in the Park.

    Mary’s performance led her to perform at NYC’s acclaimed Manhattan Theater Club.

  • last role

    Mary’s last acting role was in 2020 when she appeared in the action film Break Even.

  • Syracuse native

    Mara was from Syracuse and was living in Cape Vincent at the time of her death.

    She had shared a series of pictures from her time on the St. Lawrence River.

    A 2019 image was captioned: “63 degrees! Life-affirming river swim, first of the season.”

  • General Hospital star remembers Mary

    Jon Lindstrom, who plays Kevin Collins on the ABC soap General Hospital, said: “I am devastated to learn of Mary Mara’s untimely death.

    “We performed together in Malcolm Danare’s “In Heat” at the Lost Playhouse in LA in 2008.

    “She’s been plowing through the aftermath of chemo. Brave, brilliant, extremely talented. The earth will be much less colorful without them. RIP.”

  • Mary’s family

    Mary is survived by her stepdaughter, Catie Mersola.

    Her death also leaves her two sisters, Martha and Susan Mara.

    Other family members include her brother-in-law, Scott Dailey, and her nephew, Christopher Dailey.

  • When was Maria found?

    The New York State Police said Monday that a woman identified as Mary Mara was found dead just after 8 a.m. Sunday.

    Her body was found in the St. Lawrence River near Cape Vincent, in upstate New York, near the Canadian border.

    NYSP Trooper Jack Keller confirmed to USA TODAY that the actress was staying with her sister at the time.

  • “She was absolutely captivating”

    The actress’ manager, Craig Dorfman, told Fox News Digital, “Mary was one of the best actresses I’ve ever met.”

    “She had a great sense of humor and a unique outlook on life. I still remember the first time I saw her on stage in Mad Forest in 1992.”

    Mary’s rep added, “She was absolutely captivating, very popular and will be missed.”

    “Mary’s body was found in her beloved St. Lawrence River this morning. She drowned while swimming.”

  • Mary’s cause of death

    On Sunday June 26, Mary died after drowning while swimming in the St. Lawrence River.

    Police believe Mara drowned while swimming, but an investigation is ongoing and her remains were taken to the Jefferson County Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy.

    A preliminary investigation found that there was no evidence of third-party debt.

  • Mary’s credits

    Mary has had roles on television shows such as ER, Law & Order and Ray Donovan.

    Her other films include Love Potion No 9, Mr Saturday Night and Gridiron Gang.

    Overall, Mary has accumulated over 80 TV and film credits for her acting performances.

  • Who was Mary Mara?

    Mary Mara, born September 21, 1960, was an American actress from Syracuse, New York.

    She graduated from Corcoran High School before attending San Francisco State University and Yale.

    Before Mary’s death, the late actress amassed a number of on-screen credits from films and television shows.

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