Croatian actress Mira Furlan who was best known for her role in sci-fi TV series, Babylon 5, breathed her last on the Wednesday. This tragic news came into the light when Furlan’s family revealed to the media that she had died on Wednesday due to complication arising with the West Nile Virus (WNV). This virus is the leading cause of mosquito borne disease in the US. In the statement made to the BBC Network the family said that “It is with great sadness that I confirm the passing of Mira Furlan”, she was a woman full of kindness and compassion”. The family further said that the actress died peacefully at her home in LA and was surrounded by her family. “We all will continue to celebrate her life and legacy and know she will always be with us”, the family added.
Babylon 5 creator mourned over the death of Mira Furlan, says the cast of Babylon 5 was aware of Furlan’s health
J Straczynski, creator off the Babylon 5 series, took to twitter to express his sadness over the death of Mira Furlan. The actress was an integral part of all the 5 seasons of “Babylon 5”and was famous for her role as Delenn in the series. Straczynski revealed on twitter that Babylon 5 star cast had been aware of Furlan’s fading health and they kept hoping that she would improve but unfortunately that didn’t happen. He tweeted, “Mira was a good and kind woman, a stunningly talented performer and a friend to everyone in the cast and crew of the “Babylon 5”and we are all devastated by the news”. He further said that this is a tough phase for them and they will forever miss the presence of Mira Furlan.
Furlan’s role as Delenn in Babylon 5 earned her recognition
Born on 7 September 1955, Mira Furlan was raised by an intellectual family in Zagreb. She was a descendent of Croatian-Jewish and Slovene-croat. Furlan was attracted to music in his early childhood. However in his teenage she shifted her interest in the acting field. She attended and graduated from Academy for Dramatic Arts in Zagreb. Furlan moved to US in the year 1991 due to civil war in Yugoslavia. It was the science fiction series “Babylon 5” which fetched her recognition. Her role as Minbari Ambassador Delenn earned her much fame and she continued to play her part in all the 5 seasons of Babylon 5.