Nichelle Nichols of `Star Trek’ Fame Dies at Age 89

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Nichelle Nichols, whose portrayal of Lt. Nyota Uhura on TV’s “Star Trek” was one of the landmark roles for a Black actor on television, has died at the age of 89, her son announced Sunday.

“I regret to inform you that a great light in the firmament no longer shines for us as it has for so many years,” Kyle Johnson posted on Facebook.

“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.

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