An actress famous for both her stage and television work has died after being struck by a falling tree while on a bike ride.

The actress was killed when a tree fell on her while she was riding her bike

The actress was killed when a tree fell on her while she was riding her bike

Molly Glynn, an actress who starred in Chicago Fire, Boss and Early Edition, was out cycling with her husband when the tragic accident happened in Northfield in Chicago on Friday.

The 46 year-old actress was rushed to hospital but could not be saved and died later on Friday from her injuries. Her husband Joe Foust, who is also an actor, posted on Facebook: “I couldn’t save her” and spoke of it being “the darkest day” of his life: “Things will never be the same.”

Glynn was also a successful stage actress with at least 17 roles under her belt since 2005; she had recently been cast of the national premiere of The Dance of Death.

Michael Halberstam, the Artistic Director of the Writers Theatre said: “Molly was a marvellous actress and a completely warm-hearted and generous human being. She had grace, sophistication and a sparkling, sexy, sassy stage presence. 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 her life.”

Molly Glynn who has died aged 46

Molly Glynn who has died aged 46

A memorial fund has been established to raise money for her family; the total raised already stands at $85,000 (£52,000).