The tragic news has come in that Lost actress Mira Furlan has died.
Here's the full story...
She was just sixty-five-years-old.
One of my favorite Babylon 5 characters. Mira was amazing!— Siep Kuijpers (@KuijpersSiep) January 22, 2021
Already, so many tributes have come flooding in...
Simply awful news about Mira Furlan.— Spacedock (@SpacedockHQ) January 22, 2021
She turned Delenn into an SF character quite unlike any other. Imbued with a genuine quality of wisdom and compassion that clearly reflected the performer.
An truly unique person who left an ineffaceable mark on Science Fiction. pic.twitter.com/yvGa3exLdg
It is with great sadness that we are reached by the news of Mira Furlan’s passing. Her portrayal of The Butcher will forever be remembered, and we are grateful for her service and the joy she gave to the PAYDAY community. Mira was a rare talent and her work spanned many art forms pic.twitter.com/M3btgbzQsh— PAYDAY 2💰 (@PAYDAYGame) January 22, 2021
One of my favorite characters in all of TV. Total badass. RIP Mira Furlan pic.twitter.com/O1doq7zb8B— Rocco Botte (@rocco_botte) January 22, 2021
Devastated to hear this news. RIP Mira Furlan pic.twitter.com/AiBYt6w4LB— Lost Life (@LostDharmaFan) January 22, 2021
This one hits hard, I’m not going to lie. Mira Furlan was awesome as Delenn and she makes me cry every time I watch B5‘s “Sleeping in Light” finale. Instead, here she is being a supreme badass. R.I.P.https://t.co/228HzumxrI— Terry Estep 🏳️🌈 (@terry_estep) January 22, 2021
“All life is transitory. A dream. We all come together in the same place at the end of time. If I don't see you again here, I will see you in a little while, in the place where no shadows fall.” — Delenn— Jargo (@TheNaxor) January 22, 2021
RIP Mira Furlan pic.twitter.com/brczzltPL8
I will tell you a great secret, perhaps the greatest of all time. The molecules of your body are the same molecules that burn inside the stars themselves. We are starstuff.— Bruce Boxleitner Italian Fan Page (@BruceItalian) January 22, 2021
RIP Mira 💙#MiraFurlan#Babylon5 pic.twitter.com/D42sn4Ulyj
Now, Mira Furlan was born in Yugoslavia in 1955...
And it wasn't until she was a teenager until she became interested in acting.
She graduated from the Academy for Dramatic Arts in Zagreb and held a university degree, equivalent to a B.F.A., in theatre. Simultaneously, she took language classes at the university in Zagreb, becoming fluent in English, German, and French.
Furlan was a member of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb and frequently appeared in Yugoslav television and films...
But it wasn't until 1992 when she moved to New York City and became a member of the Actors Studio, which helped her get the necessary work permits to perform with the Indiana Repertory Theatre as the lead role in Yerma.
Her first big role on television was as Minbari Ambassador Delenn for all 5 seasons of Babylon 5 and some of the associated movies.
But it's argued that she was most recognized for the recurring role of Danielle Rousseau on Lost.
Furlan racked up dozens of credits across film and TV throughout her life...
Including Emir Kusturica's Oscar-nominated When Father Was Away on Business, Beauty of Vice, Three For Happiness, and In the Jaws of Life.
But earlier this week...
Furlan's Twitter account announced the news yesterday...
And it was revealed that the actress had passed away on Wednesday, January 20th.
Babylon 5 creator Michael Straczynski also shared the devastating news.
"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," he wrote.
"The cast members with whom she was especially close since the show's end will need room to process this moment, so please be gentle if they are unresponsive for a time. We have been down this road too often, and it only gets harder."
While a cause of death has yet not been revealed, Straczynski said the cast and crew of Babylon 5 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."
However, Straczynski said he later got the call from Babylon 5 co-star Peter Jurasik that Furlan's husband, director Goran Gajić, was "bringing her home."
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. pic.twitter.com/HyQlqyC19v— J. Michael Straczynski (@straczynski) January 22, 2021
She is survived by Gajić and their son, Marko Lav Gajić.
Rest in Peace, Mira Furlan.
Our deepest condolences go out to her family during this difficult time.