Nichelle Nichols, who played Nyota Uhura on Star Trek, has died at the age of 89

Nichelle Nichols, who played Nyota Uhura on Star Trek, has died at the age of 89

Nichelle Nichols, who played Nyota Uhura on Star Trek, has died aged 89 after succumbing to “natural causes.”

Star Trek actress Nichelle Nichols has died aged 89.

Her son Kyle Johnson announced Saturday night that his mother had “succumbed to natural causes.”

“I regret to inform you that a great light in the firmament does not shine for us as it has for so many years,” he posted on his mother’s official Facebook page on Sunday.

“Last night my mother, Nichelle Nichols, succumbed to natural causes and died. However, like the ancient galaxies now being seen for the first time, their light will remain for us and future generations to enjoy, learn from and draw inspiration from.

Star Trek actress Nichelle Nichols has died aged 89; pictured 2017

Her son Kyle Johnson announced that his mother

Her son Kyle Johnson announced that his mother “succumbed to natural causes” on Saturday night; Nichols pictured on Star Trek

“Her life was well lived and as such a role model for all of us.

“I and the rest of our family would appreciate your patience and forbearance as we mourn her loss until we have recovered sufficiently to speak further. Your services will be intended for family members and close friends and we ask that their privacy and ours be respected.’

Kyle signed the tribute with the iconic Star Trek slogan, “Live long and prosper.”

Nichols became one of the first black women in the country to star in a primetime show after being cast as Nyota Uhura on Star Trek in 1966.