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“Star Trek” actress Nichelle Nichols died on Sunday, according to a post shared by her son Kyle on her official Facebook page. She was 89 years old.
“I regret to inform you that a great light in the firmament no longer shines for us as it has for so many years,” he wrote.
“Last night my mother, Nichelle Nichols, succumbed to natural causes and passed away. Her light however, like the ancient galaxies seen now for the first time, will remain for us and future generations to enjoy. , learn and be inspired. .”
Nichols was known for playing Lt. Nyota Uhura in all three seasons of the original show, which ran from 1966 to 1969. She also starred in each of the six “Star Trek” films from 1971 to 1991.
Kyle added in the post, “His was a life well lived and as such a role model for all of us. I and the rest of our family would appreciate your patience and indulgence as we mourn his loss until this that we can recover enough to talk more Her services will be for members of her family and closest friends and we ask that her and our privacy be respected.
He signed with the signature “Star Trek”, “Live Long and Prosper”.
His co-star, George Takei, tweeted a photo with his legendary friend from one of the many fan-centric comedy tours they’ve attended together over the years.
“We have lived long and prospered together,” Takei wrote. “I will have more to say about the pioneering and incomparable Nichelle Nichols, who shared the deck with us as Lieutenant Uhura of the USS Enterprise, and who passed away today at age 89. For today, my heart is heavy, my eyes shine like the stars among which you now rest, my dearest friend.”
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She was rewarded for breaking stereotypes of black actresses, with the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. personally encouraging her to stay on the show. She met him at a civil rights rally in 1967, at a time when she had decided not to return for the show’s second season.
He said, “You can’t do that,” Nichols recalled. “You changed the face of television forever, and as a result, you changed people’s minds,” she said.
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