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‘Star Trek’ Nichelle Nichols Has Passed Away

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CNN - Actress and singer Nichelle Nichols, best known for her groundbreaking portrayal of Lt. Nyota Uhura in “Star Trek: The Original Series,” has just passed away at the age of 89, according to a statement from her son, Kyle Johnson. “Last night, my mother, Nichelle Nichols, succumbed to natural causes and passed away. 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,” Johnson said in a statement shared to Nichols’ official site this weekend. “Hers was a life well lived and as such a model for us all.” Nichelle Nichols will surely be missed by many.

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  • Tributes Continue for ‘Star Trek’ Actress Nichelle Nichols link
    Tributes continue to pour in for “Star Trek” legend Nichelle Nichols. She passed away at 89 from natural causes. Nichols was one of the first Black women on primetime TV in the 1960s, when she played Lieutenant Uhura on the original “Star Trek.” Back in 2015, Nichols spent the day with Inside Edition. At the time, the 82-year-old woman was preparing to become a passenger on NASA's SOFIA aircraft. Her adventure came just three months after she recovered from a minor stroke.
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    Over the weekend, fans mourned the loss of "Star Trek" actress Nichelle Nichols, who broke barriers for Black women in Hollywood, and Bill Russell, the first Black NBA head coach.
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