Mark Blum's Life and Career before His Death from Coronavirus Complications
Mark Blum, the actor best known for “Desperately Seeking Susan,” had a long and successful career in the entertainment industry before dying of complications from coronavirus.
MARK BLUM’S MOVIES AND SERIES
After working in a few other plays like “The World of Sholom Aleichem” and “The Merchant,” he finally made the transition to the big screen in the 1983 comedy “Lovesick.”
One of the most important parts that Mark got early in his career was that of Gary Glass on “Desperately Seeking Susan,” wherein he worked next to none other than Madonna.
From that point on, his career skyrocketed, landing parts on TV shows like “Sweet Surrender” and “Capital Kings.” Most recently, he was known for portraying Union Bob on “Mozart in the Jungle” and Mr. Mooney on “You.”
MOURNING HIS DEATH
Mark Blum, who also worked on “Crocodile Dundee,” was 69 years old at the moment of his death at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Following his passing, the theater company Playwrights Horizons shared a message on Twitter that reads:
“Thank you, Mark, for all you brought to our theater and to theaters and audiences across the world. We will miss you.”
With love and heavy hearts, Playwrights Horizons pays tribute to Mark Blum, a dear longtime friend and a consummate artist who passed this week. Thank you, Mark, for all you brought to our theater, and to theaters and audiences across the world. We will miss you. pic.twitter.com/NMVZFB5hPb— Playwrights Horizons (@phnyc) March 26, 2020
Mark’s former co-star Madonna also took to Instagram to acknowledge his death, labeling him as a “remarkable” person and friend. She admitted that such news was tragic and that she remembered him as a funny, warm, loving, and professional man.
She made sure to remind her followers that the coronavirus pandemic was “no joke” and that people could not pretend that it won’t affect them “in some way.”
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I Want to Acknowledge the Passing of a remarkable Human, fellow actor and friend Mark Blum, who succumbed to Coronavirus. This is really tragic and my heart goes out to him, his family and his loved ones. I remember him as funny warm, loving .and professional when we made Desperately Seeking Susan in 1985!! Another reminder that this virus is no joke, nothing to be casual about or pretend wont affect us in some way. ♥️ we need to stay grateful -be hopeful- help each other-and follow the quarantine rules! #covid_19 #markblum #desperatelyseekingsusan
Madonna finally wrote in her post that we all needed to be grateful and hopeful while also helping others and following the rules of quarantine.
Mark Blum is survived by his wife Janet, his mother Lorraine, and his sister Nancy.
Mark Blum was a wonderful, stalwart actor--a familiar face to anyone who watches TV, and a mainstay, for decades, of dozens of New York stage productions. May he rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/2wCSVZ7gDF— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) March 26, 2020
MORE HIGH-PROFILE VICTIMS OF THE COVID-19
Unfortunately, the late actor was not the only high-profile person who passed away after contracting the coronavirus. As Business Insider reported, one of the first ones to die was Li Wenliang.
Li was the Chinese doctor who tried to warn doctors and several other people of the highly-contagious virus several weeks ago. While treating patients in Wuhan, China, he contracted COVID-19 and died on February 7.
ICYMI: Dr. Li Wenliang tried to warn people early on about the coronavirus — and was punished by Chinese authorities for it.— NPR (@NPR) March 23, 2020
Six weeks after his death from COVID-19, officials finally apologized to his family and dropped their reprimand. https://t.co/n353y1OOaL
Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally, known for “American Playhouse” and “Frankie & Johnny,” died on March 24 from complications related to the coronavirus.
The late playwright was a lung cancer survivor who, after finishing his treatment, was living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Italian actress Lucia Bosè passed away on March 23. She was 89 years old, and while her death was caused by pneumonia, it was reported that she was also infected with COVID-19.
Floyd Cardoz, the chef of Tabla and Bombay Bread Bar, passed away on March 25 from complications of the virus, as well. Floyd was described as a “force in New York’s restaurant community.”
Actors, TV hosts, athletes, and politicians have also contracted the disease. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, for example, made the shocking announcement on March 27 in a two-minute video on Twitter.
Prince Charles, the first in line to the British throne, also tested positive for coronavirus. Shortly after the news about his diagnosis went public, he shared a statement thanking everyone for their kind messages.
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