We’re starting back on the celeb or two dying a week schedule and for many, this one will hit hard.
Nichelle Nichols was a beloved actress and the only actress of color on the mega hit Star Trek, back in the 60’s, which made her a pioneer for many black actresses who looked up to her as kids.
Her son, Kyle Johnson, announced his mother had ‘succumbed to natural causes’ on Saturday night.
‘I regret to inform you that a great light in the firmament no longer shines for us as it has for so many years,’ he posted to his mother’s official Facebook page on Sunday.
‘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.
‘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. Her services will be for family members and the closest of her friends and we request that her and our privacy be respected.’
Kyle signed off on the tribute with the iconic Star Trek slogan, ‘Live long and prosper.’