Mira Furlan, best known for her roles as Delen in “Babylon 5” and Daniel Rousseau in “Lost,” died Wednesday. She was 65.
Her Twitter account announced the news on Thursday, and the creator of “Babylon 5” J. Michael Straczynski published a tribute to the actress later that evening.
– Mira Furlan (@FurlanMira) January 22, 2021
Although the cause of death has not yet been determined, Straczynski said the actors and the Babylon 5 team “knew for some time that Mira’s health was fading.” “We hoped it would improve,”
However, Straczynski said he was later called by Babylon 5 star Peter Jurassic that Furlan’s husband, director Goran Gaic, had “taken her home”.
“Myra 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,” he wrote. “The cast, with whom she has been particularly close since the end of the show, will need a place to handle this moment, so please be careful if they don’t react for a while. We have gone too far this way too often and it only gets harder. “
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
Furlan was born in the former Yugoslavia, where she had a number of stage roles and was part of the Croatian National Theater, and emigrated to the United States in 1991. She joined the Babylon 5 space opera as Delen, Minbari’s ambassador to the space station. , in 1993, and will continue to star in the series for a full five seasons. In 2004, she debuted in the ABC mega-hit Lost as Daniel Rousseau, a scientist shipwrecked on the show’s mysterious island 16 years before the crash of Ocean Flight 815. It was repeated throughout the series over the next few seasons.
Furlan went on to act last year, earning dozens of credits in film and television throughout his life. Her films include Emir Kusturica’s Oscar nominees “When My Father Was Away from Business,” “The Beauty of Vice,” “Three for Happiness,” and “In the Jaws of Life.”
She was left by Gaic and their son Marko Lav Gaic.