Nichelle Nichols as Uhura in Star Trek

Another icon who contributed to the success of star trek you have left this world. Nichelle Nichols, best known for her role as Nyota Uhura on the original trekking series, has died at the age of 89. News of Nichols passing came via social media, and fans across the web are mourning the loss of the actress who broke barriers with her portrayal.

News of Nichelle Nichols passing came via her Facebook page via a message posted by her son, Kyle Johnson. He shared a heartfelt note about his mother’s passing from her and asked fans to respect their privacy from her during this time:

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 from her 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. I, and the rest of our family, would appreciate your patience and forbearance of her as we grieve her loss of her until we can recover sufficiently to speak further. Her services from her will be for family members and the closest of her friends from her and we request that her from her and our privacy from her be respected. Live Long and Prosper.

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