Nash Bridges, ER and Ray Donovan The cause of death of actor Mary Mara has been determined. Mara, who was found dead Sunday in the St. Lawrence River in Cape Vincent, NY, died of asphyxiation from drowning, according to the Jefferson County Medical Examiner’s Office autopsy report. Her death was considered an accident and the investigation continues, New York State Police said.
Mara was found in the river Sunday morning by troopers and Cape Vincent Fire and Ambulance after a report of a possible drowning. There were no indications of malicious intent, police said at the time.
A family spokesman said Mara was staying at the summer home of her sister, Martha Mara, of Syracuse, when the accident happened. The property is located on the river outside the village of Cape Vincent, in the Thousand Islands region, where the St. Lawrence separates Canada and the US
Mara was known for her work in numerous films and TV shows, and on stage off-Broadway and in Los Angeles. She was a series regular, portraying Inspector Byrn Carson, for the first two seasons of CBS’ Don Johnson-Cheech Marin police drama Nash Bridges. She is perhaps best known for her recurring role as Loretta Sweet, a lovable, down-and-out prostitute and single mother, on the NBC series IS.
She appeared in 1992 Love Potion No. 9 with Sandra Bullock and Tate Donovan and played Billy Crystal’s daughter in the movie Sir Saturday night. Her other TV credits include: Law & Order, Dexter, Shameless and Lost.
Mara is survived by her stepdaughter, Katie Mersola; her sister, Martha Mara; another sister and brother-in-law, Susan Mara and Scott Dailey; and a cousin, Christopher Dailey.