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Actor Mark York of 'The Office' dies at 55

Actor Mark York of 'The Office' dies at 55

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Mark York

Actor Mark York, shown in a scene from "The Office" on NBC, died following an illness. He was 55.

Mark York, who was best known for his role as Billy Merchant in seasons one and two of "The Office," has died following an illness. He was 55.

York died last week at Miami Valley Hospital in Ohio.

According to the New York Times, his death was confirmed by the Montgomery County, Ohio, coroner’s office. His family said in an obituary that he died after “a brief and unexpected illness.”

The Ohio-born actor headed to California, where he found himself playing small TV roles on popular shows such as "CSI: New York" and "Fighting Words." However, his most famous work came on the hit show "The Office."

Since 1988, Merchant used a wheelchair as he was a paraplegic. He advocated greater visibility onscreen for people with disabilities, the New York Times reported.

He did not act for many years and had been working as an inventor, acquiring two patents for his inventions.

York is survived by his parents and a brother.

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