How did Mary Mara die? ‘Nash Bridges’ star, 61, was swimming in Lawrence River at the time

Mary’s final onscreen appearance came in 2020 with the film ‘Break Even’. She later retired and moved back to Syracuse


                            How did Mary Mara die? ‘Nash Bridges’ star, 61, was swimming in Lawrence River at the time
Actress Mary Mara died at the age of 61 (Photo by IMDb)
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Mary Mara, a veteran TV actress best known for her roles in iconic shows such as ‘Law & Order’, ‘NYPD Blue’ and ‘Ray Donovan’, was found dead on Sunday, June 26. She was 61. The unfortunate news of her demise was confirmed by a report shared by New York State Police report, as published by the New York Post.
 
The news of Mary Mara’s death comes months after the legendary actor and comedian Louie Anderson died on January 21. He was admitted to the hospital days earlier after being diagnosed with cancer but sadly could not make it. Bob Saget is another icon that Hollywood lost on January 9. Speaking of celebrity deaths, Betty White died at 99 of natural causes on December 31, 2021. Chick Vennera, DMX, Jay Black, and Jeanette Maus are other public figures who passed away last year leaving their loyal fans devastated.
 
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Mary Mara (Photo by Columbia Pictures)

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How did Mary Mara die?

According to the New York Post, Mary Mara died after she drowned in the St Lawrence River in Cape Vincent, as revealed by New York State Police. TMZ revealed that Mary Mara, who was best known for her role as Inspector Bryn Carson on ‘Nash Bridges’, visited the river with her sister and jumped into it to exercise which led to her tragic death. She was staying at the summer home of her sister, Martha Mara, of Syracuse. Troopers reportedly responded to a call for a possible drowning in the river at around 8 am. There were no signs of foul play. Her body was taken to the Jefferson County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

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Craig Dorfman, Mary’s manager, in an official statement to Variety, said, “Mary was 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.”  Mary Mara, apart from a few movie roles, scored big on the small screen. She had recurring roles on such shows as ‘Criminal Minds’, ‘Nash Bridges’, ‘NYPD Blue’, ‘Law & Order’, ‘Ray Donovan’, ‘The Practice’, ‘Gideon's Crossing’, ‘Star Trek: Enterprise’, ‘Lost’, ‘Dexter’ and ‘Shameless’, among others.  

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‘She specialized in complex portrayals of often-troubled characters’

Mara’s obituary, as obtained by People magazine, read, “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’.” Mary’s final onscreen appearance came in 2020 with the film ‘Break Even’. She later retired and moved back to Syracuse. Mary Mara is now survived by her stepdaughter, Katie Mersola; her sister, Martha Mara, her sister and a brother-in-law, Susan Mara and Scott Dailey, and her nephew, Christopher Dailey.

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