Mary Mara dead: ER actress drowns while swimming in river for exercise

Police said the investigation into the American actress' death continues

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American actress Mary Mara has died at the age of 61.

Ms Mara, who played Loretta Sweet in the TV series ER, was found in a river in Cape Vincent, New York on Sunday morning.

She reportedly drowned while swimming in a river for exercise, according to TMZ.

Police received a call about the incident at around 8:10am, but she was pronounced dead on their arrival.

Mary Mara
Mary Mara
Ms Mara and her sister
Ms Mara and her sister

A New York Police statement read: “On June 26, 2022, at 8:10am, State Police responded to 33753 Old Farm Road in the town of Cape Vincent, Jefferson County for a reported possible drowning.

“When Troopers, along with Cape Vicent Fire and Ambulance arrived on the scene, they discovered a female deceased in the St. Lawrence River.

“The victim has been identified as 61-year-old Mary T. Mara from Cape Vincent, NY.

“The preliminary investigation suggests the victim drowned while swimming.

“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.

“The investigation is continuing.”

Ms Mara’s manager Craig Dorfman said: “Mary was one of the finest actresses I ever met. She had a terrific sense of humour and a unique outlook on life.

“I still remember the first time that I saw her onstage in Mad Forest in 92. She was utterly captivating, well loved, and will be missed.”