Actress Mary Mara Dead at Age 61 After Apparent Drowning

Mary Mara and Will Hochman
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Actress Mary MaraAfter an apparent drowning, the victim was declared dead on Sunday, June 26. The Law & Order: Special Victims UnitThe average age of an alum was 61.

Mara’s body was discovered by emergency responders in Cape Vincent, New York, on Sunday morning around 8:10 a.m. ET, according a press release by the New York State Police on Monday June 27. State troopers, firefighters, and an ambulance responded quickly to the call about a possible drowning in Lake Ontario’s St. Lawrence River.

“The victim’s body showed no signs of foul play and was transported to the Jefferson County Medical Examiner’s Office,” the police said in the statement.

Although preliminary investigations have shown that Mara drowned in the river, which lies on the border between the U.S. and Canada, an autopsy will be performed to confirm her cause of death.

Mara’s manager Craig Dorfman confirmed her death. “Mary was one of the finest actresses I ever met,” Dorfman told Us WeeklyMonday, in a statement. “I still remember seeing her onstage in 1992 in Mad Forest Off-Broadway. She was funny, electric and a true individual. Everyone loved her. She will be missed.”

Mara attended San Francisco State University, Yale School of Drama and was visiting her sister Martha Mara in St. Vincent. Martha, her sister Susan Mara and Christopher Dailey, as well as Katie Mersola, her stepdaughter, are all survivors of Mary.

The actress, who was born in Syracuse, near St. Vincent, has appeared in numerous hit TV series, including Lost, Law & Order, NYPD Blue, The West Wing Boston Public. She was memorable in recurring roles in series like Nash BridgesAs Insp. Bryn Carson, ER as Loretta Sweet, Ray DonovanMrs. Sullivan DexterAs Valerie Hodges. Her final role onscreen was that of Molly in 2020’s heist film. Break Even.

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