Veteran entertainer Mark Blum has passed on from coronavirus-related health issues this week. The Crocodile Dundee star was 69 when he kicked the bucket.
New York-based theater company, Playwrights Horizon’s shared a contacting tribute using the Internet.
“With affection and substantial hearts, Playwrights Horizons pays tribute to Mark Blum, a dear long-lasting companion and a quintessential craftsman who died this week,” the announcement read. “Much obliged to you, Mark, for all you brought to our cinemas. And what your movies brought to people’s hearts. We will miss you.”
Blum was famous for his roles including Desperately Seeking Susan. He played this role with Madonna, and TV series including The Sopranos, NYPD Blue, and The West Wing.
Updates on his death have shaken the industry. Rosanna Arquette, who played his significant other on Desperately Seeking Susan expressed her sorrow this week, after being given the news by creator Sharon Waxman.
“Sharon Waxman told me about this extremely sorrowful news today,” Arquette said. “I’m so profoundly pitiful for his family and his fans. He was an excellent person and an awesome actor. May your soul Rest in Peace.”
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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 additionally took to Instagram to offer her feelings of appreciation. She said she will remember him as “entertaining, warm, and a pleasant soul.”
In the interim, dramatist Christopher Shinn took to Twitter to pay tribute to his partner.
“In 2011 Mark Blum featured in my play Picked @vineyardtheatre, in a precarious job. He played the role of a narcissistic movie producer. However, he played that role with such perfection it left me in complete awe.” Shinn said. “Mark’s presentation faced immense challenges. He was glorious. What’s more, the kindest man. Such a pity.”