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4th March 2021

Mira Furlan ‘Babylon 5’ And ‘Lost’ Star Dies 65

Mira Furlan ‘Babylon 5’ And ‘Lost’ Star Dies 65
Mira Furlan ‘Babylon 5’ And ‘Lost’ Star Dies 65(GettyImages)

Mira Furlan, the woman who played Minbari Ambassador Delenn on the sci-fi drama series Babylon 5, has died at 65.

The death of Mir Furlan was announced by Furlan’s Twitter account and confirmed by Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski, who paid tribute to the accomplished actress.

“It is a night of great sadness, for our friend and comrade had gone down the road where we cannot reach her,” 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 devastated by the news.

Born in the Croatian capital Zagreb in 1955, Mira Furlan was a well known, award-winning theatre, film and TV actress in the former Yugoslavia. She starred in numerous plays, TV series and films, including Emir Kusturica’s Palm d’Or-winning and Oscar-nominated 1985 film When Father Was Away On Business.

Mira Furlan emigrated to the U.S. with her husband in November 1991, during the early stages of the Croatian War of Independence, one of several conflicts that led to the breakup of the Yugoslavian federation. 

According to Straczynski, Furlan had been receiving death threats over her continuing travel across the disintegrating country with a theatre troupe. 

Upon her arrival in the U.S., Furlan quickly landed the role of Ambassador Delenn in Babylon 5, which ran for five seasons.

Following the end of the Yugoslav Wars in 2001, Furlan started travelling back and forth between Hollywood and Croatia, acting in film and TV projects in both countries. In the U.S., she played Danielle Rousseau on ABC’s Lost. Her series credits also include Just Add Magic and Spider-Man: The Animated Series.

No cause of death was revealed by Straczynski wrote, “We’ve known for some time now that Mira’s health was failing… and have been all dreading this day.”

Furlan’s Twitter account shared what appear to be recent thoughts by her about life coming to an end. Fittingly, while looking at the stars “where I’ll be going soon,” Furlan evoked her famous Babylon 5 character. “‘We’re all star stuff’, I suddenly remember Delenn’s line from Joe’s script,” she said.

Furlan is survived by her husband, Goran Gajic, and their son.

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