Actress Molly Glynn passed away on Saturday morning, due to injuries she received from being hit by a tree in a biking incident the day before. Glynn and her husband, actor Joe Foust, were riding their bicycles in the Erickson Woods Forest Preserve, in suburban Northfield, Chicago on Friday afternoon when a fast moving storm uprooted a tree which fell in their path and hit the actress.
Foust first shared the tragic news of her passing on his Facebook page by posting: “I couldn’t save her. I couldn’t save her. She’s gone.”
Glynn is known for her work on TV for her roles in Chicago Fire and Boss. She has also appeared in several theater productions of Milwaukee’s First Stage as well as in some of Chicago’s top theaters, including the renowned Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare and Northlight.
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The untimely demise of the 46-year-old actress has deeply saddened the theater community. First Stage associate artistic director John Maclay was among the first to write a tribute for the actress on Facebook:
“The world of theatre and the world at large have lost a bright, bright light. We lack the words to describe the grief and loss caused by the sudden passing of Molly Glynn. Molly was a brilliant artist on stage and an even better human being off stage.”
Michael Halberstam, artistic director of Writers Theatre in Chicago, also said in a statement:
“She was a loving mother and wife and everyone who met her fell in love with her. She possessed a rare combination of talent, heart and beauty in all aspects of her life.”
In memory of Glynn, a Give Forward campaign was established to raise money for the family. According to reports the campaign had reached its goal of $75,000 in less than a day.
“Performers give. They give from their heart and their soul; they give of their energy and wit and time and resources just to create a few moments of brilliance that they eagerly share with the world,” the Give Forward page stated.