Mary Lu Zahalan death: Canadian singer and actor passed away after battling cancer

Actress Mary Lu Zahalan passed away
Canadian actress Mary Lu Zahalan died


Mary Lu Zahalan, a Canadian rock singer and actress passed away on May 28, 2023. Let’s see how did the singer die and her cause of death in detail.

How did Mary Lu Zahalan die?

Mary-Lu, a popular singer, actor, producer, and professor of popular music theory and performance has passed away.

Dana Parsons posted this sad news on social media, saying,

Rest easy my friend You impacted so many people’s lives with your knowledge and guidance. You are the epitome of what a mentor should be and I am ever so grateful for our time together. I have no doubt you are hangin’ with Tina Turner and your Beatles, making music and feeling the love and peace you so deserve Mary-Lu Zahalan  Sending hugs from the rock to her daughters and friends. Cheers, my love.

Her friends and coworkers have shared their heartfelt condolences on social media after hearing this sad news.

Mary Lu Zahalan was well-known for Poker Night (2013), Karma (2005) and The Third Miracle (1999).

Who was Mary Lu Zahalan?

Mary Lu Zahalan was a recording artist who released three CDs and has been nominated for a Juno. She had a publishing contract with Sony Music, and she collaborated with illustrious producers like David Foster and Humberto Gatica.

She has a long list of roles in movies and TV shows, including The Third Miracle starring Ed Harris, Exhibits A, Twice In A Lifetime, PSI Factor, Top Cops, Ready Or Not, Missing Treasures, as well as several made-for-TV movies.

Mary Lu has performed innumerable voice-overs and jingles in addition to appearing in hundreds of television ads. She was the lead actress in the Dora Award-winning film PumpBoys and Dinettes before leading a Canadian Armed Forces tour to the Middle East.

Before beginning a career as an entertainer, Zahalan, who was born in Renfrew, Ontario, and reared in Oakville, Ontario, was a 1976 Miss Canada finalist.

At Oakville’s Sheridan College, she taught arts. In 1983, she was named the Most Promising Female Vocalist for a Juno Award.

She released the album Zahalan on MCA Records in 1990, and the track “I Can’t Forget About You” had a mediocre amount of success on Canadian Pop Radio. Zahalan earned a master’s degree in 2011 from Liverpool Hope University in a programme that focused on The Beatles. She was the first programme graduate.

Mary Lu Zahalan’s songs:

Some of the songs of Lu Zahalan include:

  • “Try A Little Love Sometimes”
  • “Turn of the Wheel”
  • “If I Had One Wish”
  • “Call Me”
  • “I Can’t Forget About You”
  • “Fallen Angel”
  • “While We’re Still Young”

Mary Lu Zahalan cuase of death:

Mary-Lu passed away after battling stage 4 lung cancer. She leaves behind her two amazing daughters, Kayla and Rachael.

She was described as a kind and beautiful soul. Her friends described her as a sincere, generous and great mentor, who treated all her students with respect and dignity.

Mary was known for her love, grace, kindness, compassion, an unparalleled zest for life, and a deep love of music.

Tributes flooded social media after her demise news broke out.

Condolences to Mary Lu Zahalan:

Christopher Wilson posted,

This beautiful light, Mary-Lu Zahalan, touched everyone she encountered with love, grace, kindness, compassion, an unparalleled zest for life, a deep love of music, and an unfailing commitment to all the students with which she worked and nurtured throughout her epic career.
I am so immensely grateful for our cherished time together three months ago here in Halifax, when she was at Peggy’s Cove filming a commercial.
Rest in Power, dearest Mary-Lu, and thank you for so so much.

Kimmy Truong posted,

I came into theatre school untrained, not knowing anything about theatre and uncomfortable with my voice. Mary-Lu Zahalan immediately gave me a place to feel like I belonged as a raw pop singer. She challenged me every week, she encouraged me to go further and was an enthusiastic mentor. She’s one of those magical educators. I always considered her a friend. She’s always in your inbox wondering what you’re up to (even a decade later) and always there in an instance to support your artistic endeavours.

Amir Haidar posted,

Mary-Lu Zahalan. The first teacher to welcome me into Sheridan at my audition, one to make me feel so welcome and like I belong, and I’ve rarely seen anyone who loved teaching and her students as much as she did.
The support and love she gave went far beyond what was ever expected, and her positivity and zest for life and art always resonate with me.
I’m still in shock but I’m hoping she’s resting as peacefully as she deserves.
Thank you for everything, Mary-Lu. You’ve changed so much here and we are better because of you.

Valerie Stanois Mangiardi posted,

Mary-Lu Zahalan was one of those teachers who changed the game for me. I wouldn’t be the performer, teacher and person I am today without her. My condolences to her family and anyone whose life she touched. This one hurts.

JJ Gerber posted,

I’m struggling to process the passing of my friend and mentor Mary-Lu Zahalan . During my time at Sheridan she inspired me to write numerous songs for her class. I ended up writing a new song almost every week. And after I graduated she was always the first person I would ask for feedback on each song before I would release them. Having someone in your corner like that is so rare. She was always supportive, constructive and sincere. She always knew how to push me over any bumps in the road of my creative process. I’m really sad we never got around to the originals and beatles covers you had such great ideas for. And now for the first time since you knew me I am truly at a loss for words. I miss you Mary-Lu.


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