MIRA FURLAN RIP

Babylon 5 and Lost actress Mira Furlan has died at the age of 65, her family and management have confirmed.

Furlan played Minbari Ambassador Delenn in the 1990s sci-fi TV drama, Babylon 5, and Danielle Rousseau in the noughties mystery drama, Lost.

Her family told the BBC the Croatian actress died on Wednesday due to complications with West Nile Virus.

“It is with great sadness that I confirm the passing of Mira Furlan” the statement read.  “She was a woman full of kindness, strength and compassion.”

It continued: “She died peacefully at her home in Los Angeles, surrounded by her family. “We will all continue to celebrate her life and legacy, and know she’ll always be here with us.”

Babylon 5 creator J Michael Straczynski described his “great sadness”, saying: “Our friend and comrade had gone down the road where we cannot reach her.” Straczynski said he had “known for some time now that Mira’s health was failing”. He continued: “We kept hoping that she would improve. 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.”