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Star Trek Legend Nichelle Nichols Has Died At 89

Star Trek legend, Nichelle Nichols, has died at the age of 89.

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Nichelle Nichols has died.

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American actress Nichelle Nichols appears as Uhura in a scene from ‘The Man Trap,’ the premiere episode of ‘Star Trek,’ which aired on September 8, 1966. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)

The legendary actress, Nichelle Nichols, has died at the age of 89.


Nichols was best known for her work as Lt. Nyota Uhura in Star Trek.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 09: Actress Nichelle Nichols attends the Vintage Hollywood Wine & Food tasting benefiting The People Concern on June 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for The People Concern )

Nichols played the role of Lt. Nyota Uhura in Star Trek: The Original Series and six franchise films.


Her death was confirmed in an Instagram post by her son Kyle Johnson, who wrote:

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Nichelle Nichols during Comedy Central’s Roast of William Shatner – Show at CBS Studio Center in Studio City, California, United States. (Photo by Jason Merritt/FilmMagic)

“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.”

Her role on Star Trek also shattered boundaries for coloured people on television with her character’s kiss with William Shatner’s Captain James Kirk breaking ground for being one of the first interracial kisses ever aired on television.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 01: Nichelle Nichols attends the Ovation TV premiere screening of “Art Breakers” on October 1, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images for Ovation)

It’s believed that Nichols died from natural causes.

Rest in peace to a true icon.

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 05: Actress Nichelle Nichols (R) and son Kyle Johnson attend the Nichelle Nichols Finale Celebration during 2021 Los Angeles Comic Con at Los Angeles Convention Center on December 05, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)

Our thoughts go out to Nichelle Nichols family and friends during this hard time.

The acting world has truly lost a legend.