Mira Furlan, best known for playing the role Minbari Ambassador Delenn on the hit ’90s sci-fi series Babylon 5 and Danielle Rousseau on Lost, died on January 20, 2021, which was first announced by the actress’ official Twitter account. She was 65.
“It is with great sadness that I confirm the passing of Mira Furlan. She was a woman full of kindness, strength and compassion. She died peacefully at her home in Los Angeles, surrounded by her family. We will all continue to celebrate her life and legacy, and know she’ll always be here with us.”
Babylon 5 creator J Michael Straczynski wrote a heartfelt letter following the Croatian actress’ death. He tweeted on January 21:
It is a night of great sadness, for our friend and comrade had gone down the road where we cannot reach her. But as with all things, 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.
Straczynski mentioned in his tribute that he had “known for some time now that Mira’s health was fading.” “We kept hoping that she would improve,” he wrote. “In a group email sent to the cast a while back, I heard that she might be improving.”
Furlan, who was born in Yugoslavia, is survived by her husband, Goran Gajic, and their son, Marko Lav Gajic, 22.
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Furlan Completed Filming the Movie ‘Burning at Both Ends’ With Cary Elwes Prior to Her Death
Furlan, who emigrated to the United States in 1991, enjoyed a successful career in both film and TV. In addition to her memorable roles in Lost and Babylon 5, also starred in the series Just Add Magic, and voiced Silver Sable in Spider-Man: The Animated Series.
As for her appearances on the big screen, she starred in 1985’s Oscar-nominated film, When Father Was Away on Business, along with numerous movies such as
Furlan’s final project before dying was the role of Agnes in the movie, Burning at Both Ends, according to her IMDB profile. The movie, which completed filming prior to her death, was written and directed by Matthew Hill and also stars Cary Elwes, Sebastian Roche, and Jason Patric.