Mira Furlan, better remembered for acting in “Babylon 5” as Delenn and “Lost” as Danielle Rousseau, took her last breath on Wednesday, 21 January. She was 65 year old.
On Thursday, her Twitter account posted the story, and “Babylon 5” founder J. Later that night, Michael Straczynski wrote a tribute to the actress. The same is posted on Furlan’s website.
Although a cause of death has not yet been identified, Straczynski said the “Babylon 5” cast and crew had “known for some time now that Mira’s health was fading.” “He wrote, “We kept hoping she would recover. “I heard that she might be improving in a group email sent to the cast a while back.”
Nevertheless, Straczynski said he later got the call from “Babylon 5” co-star Peter Jurasik that “bringing her home” was Furlan’s husband, producer Goran Gajić.
He wrote, “Mira was a good and kind woman, a stunningly talented performer, and a friend to everybody in the ‘Babylon 5’ cast and crew, and we are all devastated by the news.” The cast members with whom she has been particularly close since the end of the show will need space to process this moment, so if they are unresponsive for a while, please be gentle. We’ve been down this path too long, and it’s just getting easier.
Furlan was born in the former Yugoslavia, where she was part of the Croatian National Theatre and had a variety of stage roles, and emigrated to the U.S. in 1991. In 1993, as Delenn, the Minbari ambassador to the titular space station, she joined the space opera ‘Babylon 5’ and would go on to star in the programme for its entire five seasons. “In 2004, as Danielle Rousseau, a scientist who had been shipwrecked on the mysterious island of the show 16 years before the crash of Oceanic Flight 815, she made her debut in ABC’s mega hit “Lost Over her next few seasons, she recurred in the shows.
Last year, Furlan continued to perform and tallied up hundreds of credits throughout her life through film and television. Her movie credits include the Oscar-nominated “When Father Was Away on Business,” “Beauty of Vice,” “Three For Happiness” and “In the Jaws of Life,” by Emir Kusturica. She is survived by Gajić and their son, Marko Lav Gajić.