Who was The Office actor Mark York and what was his cause of death?

MARK York, an actor who appeared in The Office, has died at the age of 55.

York played Billy Merchant in four episodes of the popular NBC series.

Who was The Office actor Mark York and what was his cause of death?

Mark York passed away at Miami Valley Hospital in Ohio on May 19 following a "brief and unexpected illness," according to his obituary.

York, a paraplegic, began his acting career with small TV roles, including a part in CSI: New York in 2004.

"Even though he has been paraplegic since 1988, he had such an outgoing, uplifting, positive attitude and personality," his obit reads.

"He always tried to look at what he could accomplish and do, not what he couldn’t do.

"He had experienced many travel opportunities and many dreams for the future.

"In the past several years, he had been working as an inventor, and had obtained two patents for his inventions."

His character on The Office reeled in fans, thanks to his comedic delivery.

He turned in a memorable performance during a season 2 episode titled The Injury.

Steve Carell's Michael Scott invites his character to talk about people with disabilities, which turns out to be a very uncomfortable meeting.

An avid sports fan, York liked the Cincinnati Reds, Ohio State football, and Kentucky basketball.

"Mark also loved coming home to his mom’s house and playing numerous table games with her and his brother Brian for hours on end," according to his obit.

"He was a competitive spirit  that kept them laughing throughout their time together. He will be deeply missed by all the lives he has touched."

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