Meera Furlan, best known for her roles as Delaney on “Babylon 5”, and Danielle Russo on “Lost” died on Wednesday. She was 65.
Her Twitter account announced the news on Thursday, and “Babylon 5” producer J. Michael Straczynski paid tribute to the actress later that night.
– Meera Furlan (@FurlanMira) January 22, 2021
Although a cause of death has not yet been revealed, Straczynski said that the cast and crew of “Babylon 5” had “known for some time that Meera’s health was fading.” “We kept hoping he would improve,” he wrote. “In a group email sent to artists a while ago, I heard that he is improving.”
However, Straczynski said he later received a call from “Babylon 5” co-star Peter Jurassic that Furlan’s husband, director Goran Gazik, “is bringing her home.”
“Meera was a good and kind woman, a gifted talented artist, and a friend to everyone in the cast and crew of ‘Babylon 5’, and we were all devastated by this news,” she wrote. “Since the end of the show members of the cast with whom she was particularly close will need room to process the moment, so please be gentle if they are unresponsive for a time. We are often on this road. Descended from, and it only gets harder.
It is a night of great sadness, as our friends and comrades went down the road where we could not reach it. But as with all things, we will catch up with him over time, and I believe he 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
Furlan was born in former Yugoslavia, where she had several stage roles and was part of the Croatian National Theater, and moved to the US in 1991. She joined the spacecraft “Babylon 5” as DeLeon, who was the Minori ambassador to the Titanic. The Space Station would go on to star in the series in 1993, and for its entire five seasons. In 2004, he made his debut in ABC’s megahit “Lost” as Debut Russo, a scientist who boarded the show’s mysterious island 16 years before Oceanic Flight 815 crashed. She participated in the entire series in her next few seasons. .
Furlan continued to act through the last year, racking up dozens of credits on film and TV throughout his life. His film credits include Amir Kasturika’s Oscar-nominated “When the Father Was on Business,” “Vice of Vice,” “Three for Happiness” and “In the Jaws of Life”.
He is survived by Gajeev and his son, Marco Love Gajeev.