Actress Molly Glynn (Chicago Fire, Early Edition) died on Saturday after a tree fell on her head in a violent thunderstorm that came up when she and her husband, Joe Foust, were out biking in Erikson Woods on the Forest Preserve Trail near the Chicago suburb of Northfield on Friday. It took 20 minutes for the forest preserve police to locate them, as they were 25 miles into their ride on the North Branch trail. Glynn was taken to Evanston Hospital in Chicago, but she succumbed from her injuries and passed away Saturday, September 6, 2014.
Glynn, who was riding behind Foust, reportedly yelled that they should both take cover, as the storm overtook them. Less than a second later, Foust stated that he heard a loud crack. Looking in his rear-view mirror, he saw the tree falling on Glynn. His back was scraped by one of the tree’s branches, but, other than that, he has stated that he is physically doing fine. He said that he called 911 several times before he could finally get through, probably due to the stormy weather.
Molly Glynn was 46 at the time of her death. Though she had been wearing a helmet at the time of the tree falling on her head, it was not enough to save her. Besides her husband, Joe Foust, 45, who is also a fellow actor, Glynn leaves behind two teenage sons from a previous marriage, Chance, 17, and Declan, 13, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune, which cited Joe Foust, who Glynn had been married to for four years.
On his Facebook page on Friday, Foust wrote on his Facebook page that it was “the darkest day of my life.” Then, on Saturday, he expressed his sorrow at his wife’s tragic passing, that he “couldn’t save her,” and adding that “She’s gone.” On Sunday, writing about how brief life can be, Foust wrote on his Facebook page that people should “love hard” while they still had the chance.
Molly Glynn acted on the stage as well as on television. She had acted upon the stage in Chicago’s renowned Steppenwolf Theatre, among others. Her husband, Joe Foust, first met Molly Glynn in the 1990s, when they were both acting at the Chicago Shakespeare theater.
The artistic director of Writers Theatre in Chicago, Michael Halberstam, described Molly Glynn as being “a loving mother and wife.” She said that “everyone who met her fell in love with her,” and that she had within her “a rare combination of talent, heart and beauty.”
In less than a day, a Give Forward campaign that had been established in Molly Glynn’s honor to raise money for her family had already brought in $75,000. By Sunday, it had raised $110,468.
While she was alive, Glynn gave, like all performers, from her heart and soul, as the Give Forward campaign page online mentioned. Performers give so much of themselves, the page states, “just to create a few moments of brilliance that they eagerly share with the world.”
Besides appearing in a recurring role on Chicago Fire as an ER doctor, and on Early Edition, Glynn also acted in the series Boss.
Actress Molly Glynn, 46, who was hit on her head by a falling tree while biking with her husband near Northfield, a suburb of Chicago, tragically passed away on Saturday at Evanston Hospital in Chicago. She was much-loved in the Chicago area, and was at home acting both on stages in plays and in front of television cameras. Like all actresses, she gave of herself to entertain others. She will be missed.
Written By Douglas Cobb