Groundbreaking Star Trek Icon Nichelle Nichols Dies at 89

Nichelle Nichols who broke the boundaries in the world of Black woman in Hollywood in her role as the role of communications officer Lt. Uhura on the original Star Trek television series, has passed away at the age of 89.

Son Kyle Johnson said Nichols died on Saturday at Silver City, New Mexico.

"Last night, my mother, Nichelle Nichols, succumbed to natural causes and passed away."

Son Kyle Johnson said Nichols

"Her light however, like the ancient galaxies now being seen for the first time,"

Son Kyle Johnson said Nichols

"will remain for us and future generations to enjoy, learn from, and draw inspiration,”"

Son Kyle Johnson said Nichols

Johnson wrote on her official Facebook page Sunday. “Hers was a life well lived and as such a model for us all.”

Her role in the 1966-69 series as Lt. Uhura earned Nichols a lifelong position of honor with the series’ rabid fans, known as Trekkers and Trekkies.

It also earned her accolades for breaking stereotypes that had limited Black women to acting roles as servants and included an interracial onscreen kiss with co-star William Shatner that was unheard of at the time.

“I shall have more to say about the trailblazing, incomparable Nichelle Nichols, who shared the bridge with us as Lt. Uhura of the USS Enterprise, and who passed today at age 89,”

George Takei wrote on Twitter. “For today, my heart is heavy, my eyes shining like the stars you now rest among, my dearest friend.”