Hollywood is in mourning Death of Nichelle Nichols, He made history for his role as Communications Officer Lt. Uhura Star Trek.
Nichols died of natural causes at the age of 89, his son Kyle Johnson posted on Facebook.
“However, its light, like the ancient galaxies now being seen for the first time, will be there for us and future generations to enjoy, learn from and be inspired by,” he wrote on Sunday. “Her life was well lived and an example to us all.”
Among those paying tribute to Nichols was President Joe Biden, who hailed her as “a trailblazer of stage and screen who redefined what was possible for black Americans and women.” His statement about her continued Star Trek Character, “With a defining dignity and authority, he helped tell a central story that reshaped scientific pursuits and discoveries. He continued this tradition by working with NASA to reach generations of Americans from every background to the stars and beyond.”
We also remember the team behind Nicholas A woman in motion, a 2021 documentary, highlights his efforts to recruit people of color to work at NASA. “Nichele, we will be forever grateful for the opportunity to tell your story and share it with the world,” director and producer Todd Thompson said in a statement. “You have entertained us, inspired us, and shown all men how easy it is to love and respect one another, to live long and prosper.”
Additionally, many in Hollywood expressed their condolences on social media, including her Star Trek Co-starring George Takei. Read on to see their tributes to the actress.
✨Nichelle Nichols✨ May her light continue to shine. Brighter and stronger than ever. All the rest now rest in peace for her and her family. Can’t wait for the upcoming celebration of her life and all the stories shared by those who knew her best. https://t.co/lK07CTahJx
— Melissa Navia (@melissaCnavia) July 31, 2022
I am so sorry to hear of Nichelle’s passing. She was a beautiful woman and played an admirable role that did a lot to redefine social issues in America and around the world. I sure will miss her. Sending my love and condolences to his family. Ra Chi Thu
— William Shatner (@williamshatner) July 31, 2022
RIP to a true legend. Her legacy will live on forever.#NichelleNichols
— Jeri Ryan (@JeriLRyan) July 31, 2022
Thank you for giving so many of us a place in the universe. #NichelleNichols pic.twitter.com/TycRdKOOfH
— Tawny “My Name is Tawny” Newsome (@TrondyNewman) July 31, 2022
Nichelle Nichols – Live Long and Prosper
December 1932 – July 2022
Interview to be heard from @StarTalkRadio archives. [Audio: 42m]https://t.co/LUOujfLj77 pic.twitter.com/Ir8vUUcZLX
— Neil DeGrasse Tyson (@Neildyson) July 31, 2022
Today we have lost an absolute legend. #NichelleNichols pic.twitter.com/qkPqEP8x56
— Terry Matal (@TerryMatal) July 31, 2022
Nichelle Nichols became the first. He was a trailblazer who navigated the most challenging path with grit, grace and a beautiful fire we will never see again.
May she rest in peace. #NichelleNichols pic.twitter.com/DONSz6IV2b
— Kate Mulgrew (@TheKateMulgrew) July 31, 2022
Rest well, legend 🕊✨🤍 pic.twitter.com/OdKjlCtB69
— Alien Superstar CRG (@celiargooding) July 31, 2022
A remarkable woman in a remarkable role. Nichelle, you will be greatly missed. Sending lots of love and respect. pic.twitter.com/ZRnMblXx0Z
— JJ Abrams (@jjabrams) July 31, 2022
to tear @NichelleIsUhura. You led the way and opened the door for us who followed you. We will be forever grateful. My heart is broken💔😢
— Marina Sirtis (@Marina_Sirtis) July 31, 2022
Nichelle was a singular inspiration. She was the one who opened my eyes to what Star Trek could be. I can’t tell you how many people have told me to be an astronaut, a scientist, a writer, a linguist, an engineer… 1/2
— Alex Kurtzman (@Alex_Kurtzman) July 31, 2022
My love for the original Star Trek runs deep. Nichelle Nichols was a distinguished ambassador for her show, her role and science throughout her life. And a truly lovely person. Let her have an amazing adventure to the final frontier.#ripnicellenicols
— Jason Alexander (@IJasonAlexander) July 31, 2022