Lost and Law & Order actress Mary Mara dies aged 61 with police investigating as possible drowning

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Mary Mara has died at the age of 61 (Picture: Universal Pictures)

Actress Mary Mara has died at the age of 61, with police investigating her death as a possible drowning.

The star, who appeared in TV shows including ER sand Law & Order, and had a recurring role as Inspector Bryn Carson on Nash Bridges, is thought to have gone swimming in the St Lawrence River in New York, before drowning.

Her death was confirmed by the New York State Troopers, who responded to a 911 call.

They said in a statement: ‘On June 26, 2022, at 8:10 a.m., 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.

Mary Mara died in a possible drowning (Picture: WireImage)
Mary Mara during HBO Films - Stranger Inside Premiere at Galaxy Theater in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage)
She has had numerous roles in iconic TV shows (Picture: WireImage)

‘The investigation is continuing.’

Mara’s first on-screen credit was in the TV movie The Preppie Murder in 1989.

She went on to appear in films including Mr Saturday Night in 1992, and Just Looking in 1995.

She is thought to have gone swimming before drowning (Picture: WireImage)
Mary Mara
As well as her many TV roles, she was accomplished in the film world (Picture: Universal Pictures)

However, she was perhaps best known for her TV roles, including Loretta Sweet in ER, Inspector Bryn Carson in Nash Bridges, and various roles in Law & Order.

She also appeared as a character named Jill in Lost and made an appearance in The West Wing in 2001.

Mara played Valerie Hodges in Dexter in 2009, and Mrs Sullivan in the series Ray Hodges in 2013.

Her final role was in the film Break Even in 2020.

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