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“Star Trek” actress Nickel Nichols died on Sunday, according to a post shared by her son Kyle on his official Facebook page. She was 89 years old.
“I regret to inform you that a great light in the sky no longer shines for us, as it has for so many years,” he wrote.
“Last night, my mother, Nichelle Nichols, died of natural causes and passed away. Her light, however, like ancient galaxies is now being seen for the first time, for us and future generations to enjoy, learn, and enjoy. Will be there to take inspiration.”
Nichols was best known for playing Lieutenant Nyota Uhura in all three seasons of the original show, which ran from 1966–1969. He starred in each of the six “Star Trek” films from 1979 to 1991.
Kyle added in the post: “His life was well lived and such a model to all of us. I, and the rest of our family, will appreciate your patience and tolerance as we mourn his loss.” until we are well enough to speak further. Their services will be for family members and their closest friends and we request that their and our privacy be respected.
He signed with “Star Trek” send off, “Live Long and Prosper”.
Her co-star, George Takei, tweeted a photo of her great friend along one of the many fan-focused, comic circuits they’ve participated in together over the years.
“We lived long and prospered together,” Takei wrote. “I must say more about the trailblazing, incomparable Nickel Nichols, who shared the bridge with us as Lieutenant Uhura of the USS Enterprise, and who passed away today at the age of 89. For today, my heart is heavy, My eyes are shining in the stars between which you now rest, my dear friend.”
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She earned praise for breaking stereotypes for black actresses, with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. personally encouraging her to stick with the TV series. She met him at a civil rights gathering in 1967, when he had decided not to return for the show’s second season.
They said, ‘You can’t do that,'” Nichols recalled. “You’ve changed the face of television forever, and so, you’ve changed people’s minds,” she said as the civil rights leader told her Told.
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