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Coronavirus Complications: American Actor, Mark Blum Dies At 69

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 01: Actor Mark Blum attends the "Amy And The Orphans" Opening Night at Laura Pels Theatre on March 1, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Killian/Getty Images)

American Obie Award-winning theater actor, Mark Blum, known for films including “Desperately Seeking Susan” and “Crocodile Dundee,” has been reported dead at 69.

His death was announced by his wife of 15 years, Janet Zarish, who said he died at New York-Presbyterian Hospital on Wednesday after being diagnosed last week with the coronavirus. She also added that Blum was asthmatic.

The New York theater company Playwrights Horizons also released a statement confirming the death of the actor.

With love and heavy hearts, Playwrights Horizons pays tribute to Mark Blum, a dear longtime friend, and a consummate artist who passed this week,” the company said. “Thank you, Mark, for all you brought to our theater, and to theaters and audiences across the world. We will miss you.”

His Broadway credits include Gore Vidal’s The Best Man (2012) and Neil Simon’s Lost In Yonkers (1991), and his most recent and final Broadway appearance in Richard Greenberg’s The Assembled Parties (2013).

Blum who was well-known in New York’s theater community, having appeared in several Broadway productions throughout his career after making his debut in Arnold Wesker’s The Merchant. Other Broadway credits include My Thing of Love (1995), A Thousand Clowns (2001), The Graduate (2002), and Twelve Angry Man (2004).




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