Entertainment: Nichelle Nichols dead – Star Trek star who played iconic role of Lieutenant Uhura dies aged 89

Actress Nichelle Nichols, 'Star Trek's' trail-blazing Uhura, dies at 89

  Actress Nichelle Nichols, 'Star Trek's' trail-blazing Uhura, dies at 89 Actress Nichelle Nichols, 'Star Trek's' trail-blazing Uhura, dies at 89(Reuters) -Nichelle Nichols, whose portrayal of starship communications officer Lieutenant Uhura on the 1960s sci-fi TV series "Star Trek" and subsequent movies broke color barriers and helped redefine roles for Black actors, has died at age 89, her family said.

Star Trek legend Nichelle Nichols, who starred in the original series as Lieutenant Uhura, has died at the age of 89, her son Kyle Johnson has announced.

Taking to her official Instagram account, he told her 33,400 followers that his mum passed away on Sunday 31 July as he wrote: "Friends, Fans, Colleagues, World

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

Star Trek cast lead tributes to Nichelle Nichols following her death

  Star Trek cast lead tributes to Nichelle Nichols following her death "We lived long and prospered together."Nichols died aged 89 on Saturday July 30 in New Mexico, USA, of natural causes. Her son Kyle Johnson made the announcement on Nichols' Facebook page on Sunday July 31. Now, Nichols' former Star Trek co-stars are posting tributes to the actress, calling her "incomparable" and a "legend.

Nichelle Nichols, who played Lieutenant Uhura, has died © PA Nichelle Nichols, who played Lieutenant Uhura, has died

He continued: "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."

Signing off with a classic Star Trek line, he added: "Live Long and Prosper, Kyle Johnson ." alongside emojis of the Vulcan salute.

Nichelle's son Kyle announced the sad news of her passing © 2016 Dave J Hogan Nichelle's son Kyle announced the sad news of her passing Nichelle's son said she © Instagram/Nichelle Nichols Nichelle's son said she

William Shatner, who played the role of Captain Kirk alongside Nichelle in Star Trek, took to Twitter to lead tributes to the late star as he wrote: "I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Nichelle.

Nichelle Nichols Dead at 89

  Nichelle Nichols Dead at 89 Played Lt. Uhura on original 'Star Trek' seriesHer son, Kyle Johnson, announced on Nichols Facebook page that she had died July 30 (no cause of death was given).

"She was a beautiful woman & played an admirable character that did so much for redefining social issues both here in the US & throughout the world. I will certainly miss her. Sending my love and condolences to her family. Bill".

George Takei, who starred as Hikaru Sulu in the show, also penned a tribute as he said: "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."

William Shatner led tributes to Nichelle © Getty William Shatner led tributes to Nichelle

Sharing a photo of himself with Nichelle, he added: "We lived long and prospered together."

Nichelle became one of the first black actresses in the US to play a figure in authority and further made history when she shared the first ever interracial kiss on television with her co-star William.

Death of Nichelle Nichols: The emblematic actress of the Star Trek series died at 89 years

 Death of Nichelle Nichols: The emblematic actress of the Star Trek series died at 89 years © Abaca Death of Nichelle Nichols: the emblematic actress of the Star Trek series has died at 89 years old L 'African-American actress Nichelle Nichols, known for her role in the cult Star Trek series, died of "natural causes" at the age of 89. The actress was also an emblematic figure of civil rights. Actress Nichelle Nichols, known for her role in the cult Star Trek series, is who died on Saturday July 30 to Sunday July 31 at the age of 89 .

Following her time on the original show, she went on to appear in six spinoffs, including Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Star Trek First Frontier.

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