Trailblazing actress Nichelle Nichols has died.
Her son, Kyle Johnson, announced news of her death on her Instagram account, saying she died from natural causes.
Nichols played Uhura in “Star Trek: The Original Series.” At the time, she was one of the first African American women to play a major role in a television series.
“Hers was a life well lived and as such a model for us all,” her son wrote.
Many of her “Star Trek” colleagues shared their condolences on social media, including William Shatner, who wrote, “She was a beautiful woman & played an admirable character that did so much for redefining social issues both her in the US & throughout the world.”
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Nichelle. She was a beautiful woman & played an admirable character that did so much for redefining social issues both here in the US & throughout the world. I will certainly miss her. Sending my love and condolences to her family. Bill
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) July 31, 2022
In his initial tweet, George Takei wrote “my heart is heavy.” He later shared a photo of the two of them with their hands in the show’s Vulcan hand greeting.
We lived long and prospered together. pic.twitter.com/MgLjOeZ98X
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) July 31, 2022
Nichols’ acting career spanned decades. She is listed in credits from the 1960s to 2021, and some films are still in pre-production, IMBD reports.
Nichols was 89 years old. Services will be for family members and close friends, her son said.
By Scripps National.