ER actor Mary Mara found dead after suspected drowning

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  • Mary Mara, an actor known for her roles in ER and Law & Order, has died. She was 61.
  • "She was unique, wickedly funny, and a wonderful woman who will be missed," Mara's manager said in a statement.
  • Per a police press release, Mara's body showed no signs of foul play after being found.


Mary Mara, an actor known for her roles in ER and Law & Order, has died. She was 61.

Mara's rep confirmed her death to E! News on Monday. 

"Mary was one in a million—one of the best actresses I ever met," Mara's manager, Craig Dorfman, said in a statement. "I saw her for the first time off-Broadway in 1992 in Mad Forest, and she was electrifying. She was unique, wickedly funny and a wonderful woman who will be missed."

A New York State Police press release revealed the actor was found dead after a suspected drowning incident while swimming in the St. Lawrence River. Authorities said in the release that Mara's body showed no signs of foul play.

During her expansive career in television drama, Mara held a recurring role of Loretta Sweet on ER from 1995 to 1996. Outside of TV, her film credits include 1990's Blue Steel, 1991's True Colours and 1992's Mr Saturday Night.

Per People, Mara's brother-in-law, Scott Dailey, shared that Mara was staying at her sister Martha's summer home when the "apparent swimming accident" occurred.

"She specialised 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, which was obtained by the publication.

A cause of death has not yet been released, pending an investigation from the medical examiner's office.

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