Many fans of the original Star Trek television show will be shocked to learn that the actress who played Nyota Uhura died on Saturday, July 30.
The actress who played Communications Specialist, Nyota Uhura, was named Nichelle Nicols. She was eighty-nine-years-old.
Nicols died of natural causes.
Zoe Saldana plays the role of Nyota Uhura in the new Star Trek: Reboot movies.
This is what she had to say about the passing of Nicols:
“I’m saddened to learn of Nichelle Nichols’ passing. We have lost a true star–a unique artist who was ahead of her time always. She’s an icon, an activist and most importantly an amazing woman- who blazed a trail that has shown so many how to see women of color in a different light. Her strive for equality was unwavering.”
Saldana also hopes that Nicols’ legacy will continue to inspire others. Saldana says:
“My hope is that we continue to keep her memory alive by celebrating her amazing body of work, and by spreading the message of peace and equality amongst all people. She lived a long, impactful life and not only prospered, but helped so many others prosper too.”
R.I.P. Nichelle Nicols.
Always and forever,