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Body of Broadway Actor Found in West End Avenue Home

July 21, 1987

NEW YORK (AP) _ The body of a Broadway actor who was set to take over a lead role in the hit musical ″Les Miserables″ has been found in his Manhattan apartment, two days after he called in sick, police said.

Kevin Marcum, 31, was found Monday lying face up on his living room floor, said police Sgt. Ed Burns.

His body was partially decomposed and there were no signs of violence. The coroner would have to determine the cause of death, Burns said.

There were no signs of notes, pills or drugs in the apartment, and there was no sign that the apartment had been broken into or robbed, he said.

Police said Marcum formerly appeared as ″Old Deuteronomy,″ a leading role in the long-running Broadway musical ″Cats,″ and was about to take over a lead role in ″Les Miserables.″

Marcum had called in sick for work Saturday, Burns said.

The stage manager at the Broadway Theater, where ″Les Miserables″ is being performed, tried repeatedly to phone Marcum on Monday, but there was no response.

A stagehand was sent to his apartment but got no response. He telephoned police, who got a key from the building superintendent and discovered Marcum’s body.

Marcum was unmarried and lived alone.

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