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'You' actor Mark Blum, sixty nine, dies from coronavirus

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In devastating news, just in, American actor, Mark Blum, has died due to complications associated with coronavirus— a pandemic that’s sweeping the globe and taking so many lives. The ‘Crocodile Dundee’ star was just 69-years-old. 

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'You' actor Mark Blum, 69, dies from coronavirus

About coronavirus
Coronaviruses are a group of related viruses that cause diseases in mammals and birds. In humans, coronaviruses cause respiratory tract infections that can be mild, such as some cases of the common cold (among other possible causes, predominantly rhinoviruses), and others that can be lethal, such as SARS, MERS, and COVID-19. Symptoms in other species vary: in chickens, they cause an upper respiratory tract disease, while in cows and pigs they cause diarrhea. There are yet to be vaccines or antiviral drugs to prevent or treat human coronavirus infections.
Coronaviruses constitute the subfamily Orthocoronavirinae, in the family Coronaviridae, order Nidovirales, and realm Riboviria. They are enveloped viruses with a positive-sense single-stranded RNA genome and a nucleocapsid of helical symmetry. The genome size of coronaviruses ranges from approximately 27 to 34 kilobases, the largest among known RNA viruses. The name coronavirus is derived from the Latin corona, meaning “crown” or “halo”, which refers to the characteristic appearance reminiscent of a crown or a solar corona around the virions (virus particles) when viewed under two-dimensional transmission electron microscopy, due to the surface being covered in club-shaped protein spikes.

WATCH: Mark starred in the hit series YOU – you can watch the show’s trailer

Although his death was reported on Wednesday afternoon, New York-based theater company Playwrights Horizon confirmed his passing in a touching tribute to the late star. 

'You' actor Mark Blum, 69, dies from coronavirus

“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 statement read. 

“Thank you, Mark, for all you brought to our theatre, and to theatres and audiences across the world. We will miss you.” 

 

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Thousands of tributes have since poured in, with many of his former co-stars taking to social media to honour him. 

“I am so devastated by Mark Blum’s passing,” said Cynthia Nixon. “His performances in the dozens of plays I saw him in were unfailingly deep, subtle, hilarious and moving in equal measure. Seeing his name in the Playbill always meant you were in for a treat. Also just one of the loveliest humans ever.” 

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Playwright Jack Canfora— who worked closely with Mark in the theatre— also wrote: “He was one of the most respected actors in New York: a beacon of fierce intelligence, dry wit deep kindness on stage and off. A tragic loss.”

Rosanna Arquette, who starred in ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’ with Mark took to Twitter to express her sadness, admitting the loss was “very very very” hard for her to process. 

“I’m so deeply sad for his family and for his fans,” she said. “He was a wonderful actor and a very good and kind man. May you Rest In Peace and power mark. God bless you.”

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The New Jersey-born entertainer’s Broadway career spanned nearly 40 years, with Mark also having more than 80 film credits to his name. He began his career working in theatre and eventually moved on to the big screen, making a name for himself as a rising star after appearing in 1985’s ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’. He also went on to star in 1986’s ‘Crocodile Dundee’. On television, Mark scored guest parts in shows such as: ‘St. Elsewhere’, ‘Miami Vice’, ‘Roseanne’, ‘Wings, Frasier’, ‘The Sopranos’, ‘The West Wing’, ‘The Practice’, ‘Judging Amy’, ‘The Good Wife’, ‘Law and Order’, ‘The Blacklist’, ‘Difficult People’, ‘Elementary and Billions’.

Mark is survived by his wife, Janet Zarish. Rest in peace.