Star Trek icon Nichelle Nichols has died at the age of 89

Nichelle Nichols, who played the seminal Lt. Uhura has died at the age of 89.

Her son Kyle Johnson announced the actor’s death on Instagram (opens in new tab). He wrote: “I regret to inform you that a great light in the firmament does not shine for us as it has for so many years. Last night my mother, Nichelle Nichols, succumbed to natural causes and died. However, their light, 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 from. Her life was a life well lived and as such a role model for all of us.”

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