Secret of ‘Star Trek’ Actress Nichelle Nichols’ Cause of Death
The beloved American actress who played communications officer Uhura on the original “Star Trek” series, Nichelle Nichols’ cause of death has been partly disclosed after the star passed away Saturday night (July 31, 2022) in Silver City, N.M, at the age of 89.
May the angel rest in heaven; we send our thoughts and prayers to her loved ones, family, friends, and fans.
The heartbreaking news of Nichelle’s death was confirmed and first announced by her son, Kyle Johnson, in a statement shared on her official Facebook page, writing, “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.”
Kyle’s statement added, “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 from. Hers was a life well lived and as such a model for us all.”
Nichelle starred as a person of authority on TV at a time when most Black women were playing servants.
The great singer and dancer was cast as Uhura by Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry following her guest-starring as the fiancee of a Black U.S. Marine who is a victim of racism in a 1964 episode of another NBC show he made, the Camp Pendleton-set The Lieutenant.
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In the 2010 documentary Trek Nation, she stated she informed Roddenberry midway through Star Trek’s first season of 1966-67 that she planned to leave the show and came back to the musical theater, which she named “her first love.”
Rumors Behind Nichelle Nichols’ Cause of Death
Although Nichelle Nichols’ cause of death was announced as natural causes, some unconfirmed rumors claimed she lost her life due to health problems related to vaccination.
Our team does not confirm any rumors about the news, though you can be sure that we are attempting our best to find related information about the tragedy and provide the latest updates as soon as possible; but, do not forget that family privacy should be respected.
Her son also added, “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.”
Nichelle appeared as Nyota Uhura, who celebrated from the United States of Africa in the future, in all three seasons of the series, which showed a multi-ethnic, multi-racial team manning the balcony of the Starship Enterprise.
She repeated the role in all six of the Star Trek films from 1979 and for more than a decade, on animated series and multiple videogames, and on a 2002 episode of Futurama.
The artist was born in Grace Nichols on December 28, 1932, in the Chicago suburb of Robbins; she later studied dance at the Chicago Ballet Academy. When she was a teenager, she traveled as a dancer with Ellington and Lionel Hampton, then sang for the first time with Ellington’s band when an entertainer became sick at the last moment.
As a dancer, she starred along with Sammy Davis Jr. in Porgy and Bess (1959); she additionally was a dice player in James Garner’s Mister Buddwing (1966). two years later, she recorded an album, called Down to Earth.
Late Nichelle played the grandmother of avenging angel Monica Dawson (Dana Davis), who has the power to simulate any physical motion she sees, on the NBC series Heroes.
The actress’s newest film was Snow Dogs (2002), Are We There Yet? (2005), and This Bitter Earth (2012). Nichols leaves behind her son, who starred in the Gordon Parks film The Learning Tree (1969).