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Mark Blum of 'Desperately Seeking Susan' Fame Has Died from Coronavirus Complications

Kareena Koirala
Mar 26, 2020
02:49 P.M.
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Mark Blum, best known for his roles in "Desperately Seeking Susan" and "YOU," has died following health complications from COVID-19. He was 69 years old. 


Actor Mark Blum has tragically passed away due to coronavirus complications. The Playwrights Horizons theater group confirmed the news on Twitter. 

The actor, best known for his role as the iconic singer Maddona's love interest in the 1985 movie "Desperately Seeking Susan," had been tested positive for coronavirus that has claimed the lives of thousands of people around the world. 

Mark Blum attends the "Right Before I Go" Benefit performance at Town Hall on December 4, 2017 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images


In the tweet, the off-Broadway theater paid tribute to Blum, calling him a "consummate artist" and a beloved longtime friend. 

Thank you, Mark, for all you brought to our theater, and to theaters and audiences across the world.



Rosanna Arquette, Blum's on-screen wife in "Susan," also paid tribute to the late actor in an emotional tweet. Calling him a kind man and a wonderful actor, the actress expressed how sad she is for his family and friends. 

"May you Rest In Peace and power, Mark. God bless you."



Born on May 14, 1950, in New Jersey, USA, Blum's acting career kick-started during the 1970s. Besides "Desperately Seeking Susan," the actor is best known for his performance in "Crocodile Dundee" and "YOU."

Blum was a beloved figure in the theater community. During the 1988-89 season of Albert Innaurato’s "Gus and Al," the actor won an Obie Award. He also appeared on Broadway in Lost In Yonkers" by Neil Simons. 



"YOU" is not the only TV credit to Blum's name. He has many other TV credits including "Capital News," "Sweet Surrender," "Frasier," "Coin Heist," "NYPD Blue," and "Mozart in the Jungle."

The actor is survived by his wife, Janet Zarish, who is also an actress. Her acting credits include guest appearances in "Seinfeld," "Law & Order," and "Blue Bloods." 

Mark Blum attends the Meet & Greet for the cast of "Amy and the Orphans" at the Roundabout Theatre rehearsal hall on January 10, 2018. | Source: Getty Images

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