Nichelle Nichols, who starred as Lt Uhura in Star Trek, has died at the age of 89

Nichelle Nichols, who rose to fame as communications officer Lt Uhura in the original Star Trek television series, has died at the age of 89.

Her son Kyle Johnson said she died Saturday in Silver City, New Mexico.

Johnson wrote on her official Facebook page on Sunday: “Last night my mother, Nichelle Nichols, succumbed to natural causes and passed away.


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“However, like the ancient galaxies now being seen for the first time, their light will remain for us and future generations to enjoy, learn from and be inspired by.

“Her life was a life well lived and as such a role model for all of us.”

Her role on the 1966-69 series as Lt Uhura earned Nichols a lifetime position of honor with the series’ fans known as Trekkers and Trekkies.

It also earned her accolades for breaking stereotypes that had restricted black women to acting roles as servants, and included an on-screen interracial kiss with co-star William Shatner, who was unknown at the time.

She often recalled how Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was a fan of the show, praising her role and personally encouraging her to stay with the series.

Like other original cast members, Nichols also appeared in six theatrical spin-offs beginning in 1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture and at Star Trek fan conventions.

She also served for many years as a NASA recruiter, helping bring minorities and women into the astronaut corps.

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More recently, she had a recurring role on the television series Heroes, where she played the great-aunt of a young boy with mystical powers. Nichelle Nichols, who starred as Lt Uhura in Star Trek, has died at the age of 89

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