Nichelle Nichols, well-known for her role as Nyota Uhura in the original Trek series, has died at the age of 89. Fans across the internet are mourning the loss of the actress who pioneered and pushed boundaries in her portrayal.
Nichelle Nichols' passing was announced on her Facebook page via a message from her son, Kyle Johnson, who posted a condolence message about his mother's death, and asked followers to keep their privacy during this period:
Nichelle Nichols, our mother, passed away last night due to natural illness, but her light will always be there for future generations to enjoy, learn from, and remember. We ask that she and her friends' privacy be respected.
Lieutenant Uhura, the actress broke barriers as one of the first Black women to star in a major television series. After the series was canceled, she went on to reprise her role in the animated series and reprised her role alongside William Shatner and others in six Trek films (Paramount+ subscribers can see most of her work as Uhura there).
Nichelle Nichols, an iconic star who had expected to leave Star Trek early on, was approached by a famous person who may not know her as a fan. At an NAACP meeting, Dr. King spoke to Nichols about how significant her role in television was during the Civil Rights movement. His words serve as a shining example of the diversity that shows today.
Nyota Uhura's identity would be continued throughout her career in the Kelvin universe Trek films (Saldana discussed her return to Trek months ago). Gooding wrote a condolence message and photo after learning of her passing.
Rest well, legend pic.twitter.com/OdKjlCtB69July 31, 2022
Nichelle Nichols is well-known among Star Trek fans as an actress who was a strong supporter of the franchise as well as the current direction in which the franchise is heading. In 2017, Nichols said she was pleased to see a new generation of actors and actresses lead the charge and appreciated fan participation.
Nichols also had a recent appearance as Uhura in the animated Star Trek: Prodigy tribute episode "Kobayashi," though the team constructed the dialogue using archive recordings.
Nichelle Nichols was also a participant in the Women In Motion program, which aimed to entice more women and minorities to NASA, such as Dr. Sally Ride. Much of her involvement with the cosmos is documented in the documentary about her life, Woman in Motion.