American actress, singer, and dancer Nichelle Nichols has passed away.
Nichols was best known for her portrayal of Nyota Uhura in Star Trek: The Original Series, and its film sequels. Nichols’ portrayal of Uhura was ground-breaking for African American actresses on American television.
She was born on December 28, 1932, in Robbins, Illinois, United States.
From 1977 until 2015, Nichols volunteered her time to promote NASA’s programs and recruit diverse astronauts, including women and ethnic minorities.
Nichols attended Englewood High School, from where she graduated in 1951. Nichols also studied in New York City and Los Angeles.
Did Nichelle Nichols Die From Stroke or Heart Attack?
In June 2015, Nichols suffered a mild stroke at her Los Angeles home and was admitted to a Los Angeles-area hospital.
A magnetic resonance imaging scan confirmed a small stroke had occurred, and she began inpatient therapy. Nichols was diagnosed with dementia in early 2018, and she subsequently announced her retirement from convention appearances.
Nichols died of heart failure in Silver City, New Mexico, on July 30, 2022, at the age of 89.