Trekkies around the world woke up to sad news over the weekend after it was announced that a legendary actress in the Star Trek world left this life for the next.
According to The Daily Wire, Nichelle Nichols, the actress who played Nyota Uhura in Star Trek: The Original Series, passed away at the age of 89. Her passing was announced by her family over the weekend.
“Last night, my mother, Nichelle Nichols, succumbed to natural causes and passed away,” Nichols’ son, Kyle Johnson wrote in a social media post.
He added: “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,” Johnson continued. “Her services will be for family members and the closest of her friends and we request that her and our privacy be respected.”
Given the extreme level of fandom for the space series, it should come as zero surprise that tributes to Nichols’ career came pouring in across social media over the weekend.
Many actors become stars, but few stars can move a nation. Nichelle Nichols showed us the extraordinary power of Black women and paved the way for a better future for all women in media. Thank you, Nichelle. We will miss you. pic.twitter.com/KhUf4YM6pX
— Lynda Carter (@RealLyndaCarter) July 31, 2022
“Nichelle Nichols left behind such a beautiful legacy of what it really means to use the platform you have to make the world a better place. I think of her example often and I hope others will too. Rest well, Lt,” actress Ashely Nicole Black tweeted.
We lived long and prospered together. pic.twitter.com/MgLjOeZ98X
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) July 31, 2022