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Who is Nichelle Nichols – Star Trek Actor Passes Away at 89

The Star Trek fame Nichelle Nichols sadly passed away at 89. The actor played the iconic role of Nyota Uhura in the series which was also a fan favorite among many viewers. The actress had a very rich career in acting. Not only that but she also had a huge role in empowering women and minorities in NASA. Recently on this July 30, her son Kyle Johnson revealed that unfortunately, his mother passed away due to natural circumstances.

Nichelle Nichols passed away at 89
Nichelle Nichols as Nyota Uhura

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Who was Nichelle Nichols?

Nichelle Nichols
Nichelle Nichols was the first black woman in a TV show

Nichelle Nichols was born to a factory worker in Robins, Illinois. She was a celebrated actor, singer, and dancer, and even sometimes tried her hands at modeling. The iconic role of Nyota Uhura in Star Trek: The Original Series was her breakthrough performance and she achieved great heights after that.

In an Instagram post on Nichols’ account made by her son Kyle Johnson, he shared a heartfelt note stating that his mother passed away. Kyle Johnson shared a photo of Nichelle Nichols’ Star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame and the caption read:

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“I regret to inform you that a great light in the firmament no longer shines for us as it has for so many years,” Johnson wrote. “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.”

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He further continued that the family would take some time to recover from the loss and till then they would appreciate our patience regarding the unfortunate incident:

“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.”

Even though Nichelle Nichols was popular due to her Star Trek career, she made her debut with the musical titled  Kicks and Co. After her inclusion in the popular intergalactic TV Show, she was the first black woman to be introduced in a television series.


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Nichelle Nichols’ contribution to space travel:

Nichelle Nichols' contribution to space travel

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Besides the sci-fi show, Nichelle Nichols also had a major role in Space Travel. She promoted diversity and thus helped to recruit women and minorities for space travel. She started a company called Women in Motion which helped women astronauts to go for space travel. Along with NASA, she also helped several notable women astronauts in their journey.

Nichelle Nicols’ death is indeed a very tragic loss not only for the Star Trek fans but also for everyone outside and inside the industry.

Rest in Peace, Nichelle Nichols

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Written by Subham

Subham Mandal is currently working as a content writer for FandomWire with an ardent interest in the world of pop culture. He has written more than 800 articles on different spheres of modern pop culture and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He’s also an experienced student journalist having demonstrated work experience with the Times of India. He aspires to be a column writer in the future.