'Lost' Star Mira Furlan Dies Aged 65 | 22 Words

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.

Already, so many tributes have come flooding in...

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.

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."

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.