Rest in Peace, Nichelle Nichols (Lieutenant Uhura on ‘Star Trek’) Dies at 89, Remembered By Peers


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Nichelle Nichols, the actor known the world over for her portrayal of Lieutenant Uhura on the classic Star Trek television series, died Saturday of natural causes at the age of 89, it was reported by numerous sources on Sunday.

The following was posted by Nichols’ son, Kyle Johnson, on her official Facebook page:

Sunday, 31 July 2022
Friends, Fans, Colleagues, World
I regret to inform you that a great light in the firmament no longer shines for us as it has for so many years.
Last night, my mother, Nichelle Nichols, succumbed to natural causes and passed away. Her light however, like the ancient galaxies now being seen for the first time, will remain for us and future generations to enjoy, learn from, and draw inspiration.
Hers was a life well lived and as such a model for us all.
I, and the rest of our family, would appreciate your patience and forbearance as we grieve her loss until we can recover sufficiently to speak further. Her services will be for family members and the closest of her friends and we request that her and our privacy be respected.
Live Long and Prosper,
Kyle Johnson

Sunday, 31 July 2022Friends, Fans, Colleagues, WorldI regret to inform you that a great light in the firmament no…

Posted by Nichelle Nichols on Sunday, July 31, 2022

Nichols’ portrayal of Uhura was a breakthrough moment for African-Americans in Hollywood, as she was one of the very first Black women to be featured in a prominent television series. She held the role through the show’s original run alongside stars including William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelly, George Takei and reprised the role in many of its subsequent film sequels in later years.

News of Nichols’ passing prompted an outpouring of love and memories from many of her colleagues and those who called to mind her groundbreaking career.

May Nichelle Nichols rest in peace, and may her legacy and contributions live on forever.



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