Star Trek actress Nichelle Nichols has died at the age of 89

Nichelle Nicholsbest known for her role as communications officer Lieutenant Nyota Uhura in the original Star Trek series, died Saturday night in Silver City, New Mexico. She was 89.

The pioneering actress’ death was confirmed by Gilbert Bell, her talent manager and business partner of 15 years, although no official cause of death has been released.

Nichols, who played Lt. Uhura in the original series, voiced her Star Trek: The Animated Series as in the first six Star Trek films—is highly regarded as a role model in the entertainment industry, being one of the first black women to be cast in such a high-profile role on television.

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