Mary Mara, an ER actress, has died at the age of 61 after apparently drowning in a river in New York.

Actress Mary Mara, who appeared on ER and Criminal Minds, has passed away. She was 61.

The actress appears to have drowned while swimming in the St. Lawrence River at Cape Vincent, New York, according to a statement from the New York State Police, who underlined that an investigation is ongoing. Her corpse was recovered early on Sunday morning.

“The preliminary investigation suggests the victim drowned while swimming,” they noted. “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.”

Mara was reportedly living at her sister Martha’s summer house when the “apparent swimming mishap” happened, according to a statement from her brother-in-law Scott Dailey.

Mara’s manager, Craig Dorfman, also confirmed her passing and remembered her as “one of the finest performers I have encountered.”


“I still remember seeing her onstage in 1992 in Mad Forest off-Broadway,” Dorfman said. “She was electric, funny, and a true individual. Everyone loved her. She will be missed.”

Mara, who was born on September 21st, 1960, in Syracuse, New York, studied drama at the Yale School of Drama and San Francisco State University, as well as forming a Bay Area theatre company. Her career lasted for more than three decades in theatre, film, and television.

The actress made appearances in Ally McBeal, Judging Amy, The West Wing, 7th Heaven, Monk, Nip/Tuck, and Bones in addition to 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.

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“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

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