Madonna is mourning the lack of her Desperately Seeking Susan costar Mark Blum, who died as a consequence of problems related to the novel coronavirus.

“I Want to Acknowledge the Passing of a remarkable Human, fellow actor and friend Mark Blum, who succumbed to Coronavirus,” the actress and singer, 61, wrote of her onscreen love curiosity in a touching social media tribute, shared alongside two stills from the movie on Thursday.

“This is admittedly tragic and my coronary heart goes out to him, his household and his family members. I keep in mind him as humorous heat, loving {and professional} once we made Desperately Seeking Susan in 1985!!” she added.

As she concluded her submit, Madonna wrote that Blum’s dying at 69 is “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!” she added.

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News of Blum’s dying was reported on Wednesday and later confirmed on Thursday by his representatives.

The character actor, who was born in New Jersey, started his profession on the stage earlier than taking up a sequence of notable movie and tv roles, though he remained a daily fixture on the New York City stage for the remainder of his life.

His dying was additionally mourned by lots of his costars and collaborators, together with Rosanna Arquette, one other Desperately Seeking Susan costar. “I’m so deeply sad for his household and for his followers,” she wrote. “He was a wonderful actor and a very good and kind man. May you Rest In Peace and power mark. God bless you.”

Judith Light, who starred alongside Blum within the 2013 Broadway manufacturing of The Assembled Parties, his final Broadway credit score, remembered their time collectively onstage as a “true joy.”

“Mark Blum, so generous, so kind, so humble, so talented. Our time together in the play The Assembled Parties at MTC was a true joy,” she wrote. “May he relaxation in peace realizing that he transformed the lives of so many and was cherished by so many; me amongst them.”

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Blum is survived by his spouse, stage and display actress Janet Zarish, additionally 69.

Since its outbreak, there have been a minimum of 85,381 confirmed circumstances of the coronavirus within the United States and 1,271 sufferers have died, in keeping with a New York Times database. The majority of the circumstances have been reported in New York and New Jersey.

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