Actress Mira Furlan, who played Minbari Ambassador Delen in the sci-fi drama series Babylon 5, died on January 20. She was 65.
Furlan’s death was announced on Furlan’s Twitter account and confirmed by Babylon 5 the creator J. Michael Straczynski, who paid tribute to the graduated actress.
“This is a night of great sadness, as our friend and comrade had set out on a journey where we could not reach it,” he wrote. “Mira was a good and kind woman, a stunningly talented performer and a friend to everyone in the cast and crew of Babylon 5, and we are all overwhelmed by the news.
Born in the Croatian capital, Zagreb, in 1955, Furlan is a well-known, award-winning theater, film and television actress in the former Yugoslavia. He has starred in numerous plays, television series and films, including Emir Kusturica̵
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Furlan emigrated to the United States with her husband in November 1991, during the early stages of The Croatian War of Independence, one of several conflicts that led to the break-up of the Yugoslav federation. According to Straczynski, Furlan received death threats for her continued journey through the crumbling country with a theatrical troupe.
After arriving in the United States, Furlan quickly took on the role of Ambassador Delen Babylon 5which lasted five seasons.
After the end of the Yugoslav wars in 2001, Furlan began traveling back and forth between Hollywood and Croatia, participating in film and television projects in both countries. In the United States, she plays Daniel Rousseau on ABC Lost. Her credits from the series also include Just add magic and Spider-Man: The animated series.
Straczynski did not reveal any cause of death, “We have known for some time that Mira’s health is failing … and we are all afraid of this day.”
Furlan’s Twitter account said she seemed to have recent thoughts about the end of her life. Appropriately, while watching the stars “where will I go soon”, Furlan challenged her fame Babylon 5 character. “We’re all stellar things,” I suddenly remember Delen’s line from Joe’s script, “she said.
Furlan survived her husband, Goran Gaic and their son.
This is a night of great sorrow, as our friend and comrade had set out on a journey where we could not reach. But as with everything, we will catch up with her in time, and I believe she will have many stories to tell us and many new roles to share with the universe. pic.twitter.com/HyQlqyC19v
– J. Michael Straczynski (@straczynski) January 22, 2021
– Mira Furlan (@FurlanMira) January 22, 2021