Entertainment: George Takei, Celia Rose Gooding & William Shatner Among Stars Remembering Nichelle Nichols

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Star Trek fans are mourning the loss of Nichelle Nichols, who portrayed Nyota Uhuru in the original series and its film sequels, following her death on July 30 of natural causes. Among mourners are franchise stars past and present as well as other celebrities who were inspired by Nichols, a trailblazing actress who also played an integral role in recruiting diverse astronauts for NASA.

Leading the tributes was George Takei, who played Hikaru Sulu alongside Nichols.

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

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“We lived long and prospered together,” he added.

William Shatner worked alongside Nichols and Takei remembers the former as a “beautiful woman” who “played an admirable character.

Celia Rose Gooding, who currently stars as Nyota Uhura in the Paramount+ Original Series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, also shared a message of appreciation.

Nichelle Nichols, Lt. Uhura on 'Star Trek,' Dies at 89

  Nichelle Nichols, Lt. Uhura on 'Star Trek,' Dies at 89 Nichelle Nichols, who played Lt. Nyota Uhura on the original "Star Trek," has died at the age of 89, her son Kyle Johnson announced on her official Facebook page. "Last night, my mother, Nichelle Nichols, succumbed to natural causes and passed away," Johnson's statement read. "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.""Today, my heart is heavy, my eyes shining like the stars you now rest among, my dearest friend," Nichols' co-star George Takei tweeted.

“She made room for so many of us. She was the reminder that not only can we reach the stars, but our influence is essential to their survival. Forget shaking the table, she built it! #RIPNichelleNichols”

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Star Trek: Voyager star Kate Mulgrew shared, “Nichelle Nichols was The First.  She was a trailblazer who navigated a very challenging trail with grit, grace, and a gorgeous fire we are not likely to see again.May she Rest In Peace.”

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  Nichelle Nichols, Lt. Uhura on ‘Star Trek,’ has died at 89 Nichelle Nichols, who broke barriers for Black women in Hollywood when she played communications officer Lt. Uhura on the original “Star Trek” television series, has died at the age of 89. Her son Kyle Johnson said Nichols died Saturday in Silver City, New Mexico. “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 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.

J.J. Abrams and Alex Kurtzman, who are behind the 2009 film Star Trek and its follow-up Star Trek Into Darkness, tributed Nichols via Twitter.

“A remarkable woman in a remarkable role. Nichelle, you will be deeply missed. Sending much love and respect,” Abrams posted.

Kurtzman wrote, “Nichelle was a singular inspiration. She’s the one who really opened my eyes to what Star Trek is and can be. I can’t tell you how many people have told me she’s the reason they became… an astronaut, a scientist, a writer, a linguist, an engineer… it goes on and on.” We stand in her light and honor her today and every day. Thank you, dear Nichelle, for leading the way.”

More tributes can be found below.

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"I am not a matron! If Walter [Koenig] can be best man, why can't I be best lady?" Takei recalled Nichols saying in a lengthy Facebook tribute to his late Star Trek costarGeorge Takei is reflecting on his close relationship with his late Star Trek costar, Nichelle Nichols.

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