Susan Lucci Mourns Death of ‘All My Children’ TV Brother Mark LaMura
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Mark LaMura, who starred as Mark Dalton for decades on ABC's long-running soap, "All My Children," died Monday from lung cancer at age 68, and his former TV sister Susan Lucci expressed her heartbreak over the loss on Instagram.

"How can this be? I just received the shocking and deeply saddening news that wonderful Mark LaMura has passed away! Mark played my brother Mark on All My Children--he was such a talented and accomplished actor/ a bright and charming presence in all our AMC lives--and a really great guy. Mark was loved and he will be missed! RIP, my friend.🙏❤️🙏”

LaMura's death comes just one year after Agnes Nixon, creator of "All My Children," "One Life to Live" and "Loving" died in September 2016. Lucci paid homage to Nixon during a touching presentation at this past year's Daytime Emmys.

LaMura starred in the long-running soap for 25 years. Among the actor's notable storylines was his character unknowingly courting his sister Erica and a surprise intervention for his drug addiction.

In a 2012 interview with We Love Soaps, Lamura opened up about his relationship with Lucci, saying, "Susan is, what can I say, like my sister. We both are French/German and Italian. Both Catholic. Both come from large still together families. That woman has hit her mark and said her words everyday for 40 years. She has earned her great lauds, and deserves special praise for a lifetime of dedicated, professional performances."

In addition to 'All My Children,' LaMura also guest starred in "Law & Order," "30 Rock," "The Sopranos," "L.A. Law" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation."

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