Mira Furlan, the star of Babylon 5 and Lost, has passed away on January 20, 2021. She was 65.
Furlan's passing was confirmed by her social media accounts with a message written by the actress herself while reflecting on the last moments of her life. The former NCIS star passed away in her home in Los Angeles after suffering from complications of West Nile virus in the time leading up to her death.
“I look at the stars. It’s a clear night and the Milky Way seems so near. That’s where I’ll be going soon. ‘We’re all star stuff,’ I suddenly remember Delenn’s line from Joe’s script. Not a bad prospect. I am not afraid. In the meantime, let me close my eyes and sense the beauty around me. And take that breath under the dark sky full of stars. Breathe in. Breathe out. That’s all,” Furlan wrote.
Joe, or J. Michael Straczynski, was understandably distraught with the news. The Babylon 5 creator took to Twitter to post a heartfelt tribute to Furlan.
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
"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," Straczynski wrote.
Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof also paid tribute to Furlan on his official Instagram account. "Danielle Rousseau moves into the light. Rest In Peace, Mira... we are deeply grateful for all you did to protect the island," Lindelof wrote.
Furlan is best known for playing Delenn in Babylon 5 and Danielle Rousseau in Lost. She also provided the voice of Silver Sable in the animated Spider-Man series.
Rest in peace, Mira Furlan. You will be truly missed.