Actress Mira Furlan, who starred as Danielle Rousseau in “Lost” and gave life to Delenn in “Babylon 5,” lost her battle against the West Nile Virus, according to reports. She was 65.
Furlan’s family told BBC and released the following statement:
“It is with great sadness that I confirm the passing of Mira Furlan. She was a woman full of kindness, strength and compassion. 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.”
According to Babylon 5 creator Michael Straczynski, Furlan had been receiving death threats over her continuing travel across the disintegrating country with a theater troupe. He tweeted on January 21, “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.”
The Babylon 5 creator “knew” that Furlan’s health was failing. “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.”
Furlan, who was born in Yugoslavia, is survived by her husband, Goran Gajic, and their son, Marko Lav Gajic, 22.
How Do You Catch West Nile Virus?
According to the CDC, the West Nile virus (WNV) is the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the continental United States. It is most commonly spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. Cases of WNV occur during mosquito season, which starts in the summer and continues through fall. There are no vaccines to prevent or medications to treat WNV in people.
The website also points out that most people that carries this virus do not feel sick, and that fever is one symptom. Only 1 in 150 develop fatal illness. The best way to reduce been stung by a mosquito of these, is using insect repellent.
Currently, there are no specific vaccines or treatment for WNV.
Furlan Completed Filming the Movie ‘Burning at Both Ends’ With Cary Elwes Prior to Her Death
Furlan, who emigrated to the United States in 1991, enjoyed a successful career in both film and TV. In addition to her memorable roles in Lost and Babylon 5, also starred in the series Just Add Magic, and voiced Silver Sable in Spider-Man: The Animated Series.
As for her appearances on the big screen, she starred in 1985’s Oscar-nominated film, When Father Was Away on Business, along with numerous movies such as
Furlan’s final project before dying was the role of Agnes in the movie, Burning at Both Ends, according to her IMDB profile. The movie, which completed filming prior to her death, was written and directed by Matthew Hill and also stars Cary Elwes, Sebastian Roche, and Jason Patric.