Actor Mark Blum, 69, of ‘Desperately Seaning Seaning’ dies from Coronavirus complications

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Actor Mark Blum, 69, of 'Desperately Seaning Seaning' dies from Coronavirus complications

According to the audience, actor Mark Blum, who played Madonna’s love interest in the hit 1985 film Desperately Seeking Susan, died of coronavirus complications in New York. He was 69 years old.

The actor’s death was announced on Thursday by Playwrights Horizons, the New York-based theater company where Blum has performed in a number of plays throughout his career. The news of his death sparked condolences from his co-stars Madonna and Rosanna Arquette.

With heavy hearts and love, Playwrights Horizons pays tribute to Mark Blum, a long-time dear friend and accomplished artist who passed this week. Thank you, Mark, for all you have contributed to our theater and to theaters and audiences around the world. We will miss you. pic.twitter.com/NMVZFB5hPb

– Playwrights Horizons (@phnyc) March 26, 2020

Madonna wrote in an Instagram post, “This is really tragic and my heart goes out to him, his family and his loved ones. I remember him as funny, loving and professional. When we did the desperate search Another reminder that this virus is no joke, nothing that is accidental or pretending it will not affect us in any way. ”

She added: “We must be grateful, we hope, help one another and follow the rules of quarantine!”

Rosanna Arquette described her as a “kind” and “good” person.

Mark Blum. Rest in Peace my friend and partner is what your kind and good person was. My condolences to all your family and friends. https://t.co/v3YJhMvy23

– Rosanna Arquette🌎✌🏼 (@RoArquette) March 26, 2020

Sharon Waxman informed me of this hard news today that I am so saddened for her family and her fans. he was a wonderful actor and a very good and kind man. Let it rest in peace and a mark of power. May God bless you. https://t.co/r0QUGEYwVK

– Rosanna Arquette🌎✌🏼 (@RoArquette) March 26, 2020

To date, Mark Blum is the most prominent actor who died of coronavirus. Several actors, including Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Idris Elba and Daniel Dae Kim, have announced their COVID-19 diagnoses publicly, but most have said they experienced relatively mild symptoms and are recovering or fully recovering.

A native of New Jersey, Blum spent much of his career staging at some of New York’s most prestigious theater companies. But it was his numerous supporting roles in film and television that made him a recognizable character actor.

The actor starred in Crocodile Dundee and The Presidio and most recently in the television series You and Mozart in the Jungle.

Onstage, Blum won an Obie Award in 1989 for his performance in the playwrights Horizons production of Gus and Al by Albert Innaurato. On Broadway, Lost appeared in Neil Simon on the Yonkers in 1991 and Gore Vidal’s best man in 2000.

His survivors include his wife, Janet Zarish.

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