On Sunday, July 31st the world was saddened by the news of Nichelle Nichols, who passed away at age 89.
The announcement of her passing was announced by her son, Kyle Johnson, on Facebook.
“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,” Johnson wrote.
He continued, “Hers was a life well lived and as such a model for us all. 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 closet of her friends and we request that her and our privacy be respected.”
The tributes for Nichols quickly began to flood social media from her fans, friends, and people who loved her.
See some of the tributes below.https://twitter.com/adam_nimoy/status/1553847435968991232?s=21&t=-Q87NRwwA_Qxiw6JndB6sAhttps://twitter.com/georgetakei/status/1553825543740686343?s=21&t=-Q87NRwwA_Qxiw6JndB6sAhttps://twitter.com/beyonceseyelid/status/1553849552498675712?s=21&t=-Q87NRwwA_Qxiw6JndB6sAhttps://twitter.com/staceyabrams/status/1553827845201444865?s=21&t=-Q87NRwwA_Qxiw6JndB6sAhttps://twitter.com/tnwhiskeywoman/status/1553818139183423488?s=21&t=-Q87NRwwA_Qxiw6JndB6sAhttps://twitter.com/rayacharlyene/status/1553925565958307840?s=21&t=-Q87NRwwA_Qxiw6JndB6sA
Nichelle Nichols played the role of Lt. Nyota Uhura on the hit show “Star Trek: The Original Series” in 1966 and stayed there for three seasons.
She was also known for being a part of the first interracial kiss on prime time television, when her character kissed Captain James T. Kirk, played by William Shatner.
During a 2014 interview, Nichols spoke about the kiss and said it “changed television forever and it also changed the way people looked at each other.”
Nichelle Nichols death comes hours after we reported that 11-time NBA Champion and legend Bill Russell passed away at age 88.
Our thoughts and prayers are with both of their families and loved ones during this time.