Nichelle Nichols will be remembered for her role as Nyota Uhura in the Star Trek television series. The actress' portrayal of the character is often credited with opening doors for many black actors and actresses on television. Unfortunately, she has died of natural causes.
Nichols passed away at the age of 89, according to her son Kyle Johnson, who posted a heartbreaking message on social media earlier today.
I regret to inform you that a great light in the firmament has vanished for us as it has for so many years.
Nichelle Nichols, my mother, passed away last night due to natural issues. However, her light, like the ancient galaxies that are now being seen for the first time, will always be available to us and future generations to appreciate, learn from, and draw inspiration.
Nichols was employed by NASA to encourage members of the Black community to become astronauts. In 1991, she became the first African American woman to have her handprints engraved in the TCL Chinese Theater. She has left a galaxy of treasures and experiences that will last and prosper forever.