Lt. Uhura on Star Trek, has died at 89

Son Kyle Johnson said Nichelle Nichols died Saturday in Silver City, New Mexico.

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

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

Takei played Sulu in the original Star Trek series alongside Nichols.

But her impact was felt beyond her immediate co-stars

and many others in the Star Trek world also tweeted their condolences.

Nichols was a regular at Star Trek conventions and events into her 80

her schedule became limited starting in 2018 when her son announced that she was suffering from advanced dementia.