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Chicago Actress Molly Glynn Dies After Tree Falls During Storm

By Alex Parker | September 6, 2014 12:24pm | Updated on September 7, 2014 7:45pm
 Actress Molly Glynn was killed by a falling tree after heavy storms Friday.
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CHICAGO — A local actress died Saturday morning after being critically injured when a tree fell on her while cycling in a forest preserve Friday.

Molly Glynn was 46.

Glynn, of Rogers Park, performed with the Writers Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater and other companies. She appeared on television programs such as "Chicago Fire" and "Boss."

Glynn was riding her bike on a Cook County Forest Preserve trail in Erickson Woods in Winnetka about 3:40 Friday afternoon when severe thunderstorms hit the area. A tree fell and struck her, said Cook County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Sophia Ansari.

She was taken to NorthShore University Hospital in Evanston in critical condition. She died there this morning, her husband, actor Joe Foust, wrote on Facebook. A hospital spokeswoman confirmed her death Saturday afternoon.

Tributes poured in after news of Glynn's death spread.

“Molly was a marvelous actress and a completely warm hearted and generous human being. She had grace, sophistication and a sparkling, sexy, sassy stage presence," said Michael Halberstam, artistic director at the Writers Theatre. "She could transform from a Princess to a flower girl in the twinkling of an eye. She was a loving mother and wife and everyone who met her fell in love with her. It is an incalculable loss to the Chicago Theatre community, particularly as she was in the process of emerging as one of the city’s major Players. She possessed a rare combination of talent, heart and beauty in all aspects of life."

"Our hearts are heavy today with the loss of Molly Glynn, and our thoughts and prayers are with her family. The Chicago theatre community and the world lost a very special person. Rest in Peace, Molly," wrote Profiles Theater on Facebook.

"We, along with the entire Chicago Theatre community, mourn the loss of Molly Glynn. Our deepest sympathy to all her loved ones," wrote entertainment publicist Jill Evans LaPenna.

"The collective hearts of the Chicago theatre community are very heavy right now," said actor Scott Allen Luke on Twitter.

A GiveForward campaign called the Molly Glynn Memorial Trust had raised more than $27,000 Saturday afternoon.

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