NewsNational

Actions

Nichelle Nichols, groundbreaking 'Star Trek star, dies

Nichelle Nichols
Posted at 3:19 PM, Jul 31, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-31 20:43:36-04

Trailblazing actress Nichelle Nichols has died.

Her son announced news of her death on Instagram, saying she died from natural causes.

Nichols played Uhura in "Star Trek: The Original Series." At the time, she was one of the first African American women to play a major role in a television series.

"Hers was a life well lived and as such a model for us all," her son said.

Nichols' acting career spanned decades. She is listed in credits from the 1960s to 2021, and some films are still in pre-production, IMBD reports.

Nichols was 89 years old. Services will be for family members and close friends, her son said.