September 26, 2022

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Nichelle Nichols, Lt. Uhura on ‘Star Trek,’ has died at 89

Nichelle Nichols, who broke limitations for Black women in Hollywood as communications officer Lt. Uhura on the authentic “Star Trek” tv collection, has died at the age of 89.

Her son Kyle Johnson said Nichols died Saturday in Silver Town, New Mexico.

“Last evening, my mother, Nichelle Nichols, succumbed to pure will cause and handed absent. Her gentle nevertheless, like the ancient galaxies now staying found for the first time, will keep on being for us and upcoming generations to love, learn from, and attract inspiration,” Johnson wrote on her official Facebook page Sunday. “Hers was a lifetime perfectly lived and as these a model for us all.”

Her part in the 1966-69 series earned Nichols a lifelong placement of honor with the series’ rabid fans, acknowledged as Trekkers and Trekkies. It also attained her accolades for breaking stereotypes that had confined Black women to performing roles as servants and bundled an interracial onscreen kiss with co-star William Shatner that was unheard of at the time.

Shatner tweeted Sunday: “I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Nichelle. She was a gorgeous female & performed an admirable character that did so significantly for redefining social problems the two below in the US & throughout the entire world.”

George Takei, who shared the bridge of the USS Enterprise with her as Sulu in the original “Star Trek” series, known as her trailblazing and incomparable. “For now, my coronary heart is large, my eyes shining like the stars you now rest amid, my dearest mate,” he tweeted.

Nichols’ effect was felt considerably outside of her immediate co-stars, and a lot of many others in the “Star Trek” environment also tweeted their condolences.