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'Star Trek' actress Nichelle Nichols dies at 89

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Nichelle Nicholsbest known for his role as Lt. Nyota Uhura, the original Communications Officer Star Trek series, died Saturday night in Silver City, New Mexico. she was 89 years old.

The pioneering actress’ death was confirmed by her talent manager and business partner of 15 years, Gilbert Bell, but no official cause of death has been released.

Nicholls, who played Lieutenant Uhura in the original series, voiced her Star Trek: The Animated Series as well as the first six Star Trek Highly regarded as a role model in the film-entertainment industry, she was one of the first black women to play such a prominent role on television.