The tragic death of Law & Order actress Mary Mara

Mary Mara might not have had much notoriety, but she was certainly someone who had a lot of credit for her name in the television industry. The Syracuse-born actress died on June 26 at the age of 61. According to her obituary, available to People, Mara “specializes in complex portrayals of often troubled characters; perhaps best known was her recurring 1990s role of Loretta Sweet, a likeable, seedy prostitute and single mother on the NBC series ‘ER’.” In other words, she was one of the hardest-working, if not the most talented, actresses in entertainment .

In addition to her work on ER, the popular actress was best known for her roles in hit television series such as Criminal Minds, Ray Donovan, Shameless, Dexter, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, according to IMDb. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she also attended San Francisco State University and the Yale School of Drama. Unfortunately, details of her death and how she died are more heartbreaking than her fans probably imagined.

Mary Mara’s body was discovered after going swimming

According to TMZ, Mary Mara drowned while swimming in the St. Lawrence River. Her body was discovered in the nearby town of Cape Vincent on Sunday morning, June 26, after local authorities received a call about a possible drowning. Mara had reportedly been visiting her sister in the area, but drowned after taking a quick dip in the St. Lawrence River for a quick swim. Law enforcement said there was no foul play, but Mara’s body was taken to a local coroner for an autopsy.

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Mara’s manager, Craig Dorfman, told Variety, “Mary was one of the best actresses I’ve ever met. I remember seeing her on stage in ‘Mad Forest’ Off-Broadway in 1992. Everyone loved her. She will be missed.” No details about her funeral have been released yet, but there is no doubt that everyone who knew her – including her family, her friends and of course her fans – will miss her dearly.