George Takei shared an emotional tribute for his good friend and former Star Trek solid member Nichelle Nichols, after her dying on the age of 89. The actor, 85, shared a candy selfie of the 2 giving the enduring Vulcan hand greeting at a previous fan conference. “I shall have extra to say in regards to the trailblazing, incomparable Nichelle Nichols, who shared the bridge with us as Lt. Uhura of the USS Enterprise, and who handed at the moment at age 89,” he wrote in a tweet on Sunday, July 31.
We lived lengthy and prospered collectively. pic.twitter.com/MgLjOeZ98X
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) July 31, 2022
“For at the moment, my coronary heart is heavy, my eyes shining like the celebs you now relaxation amongst, my dearest good friend,” he additionally wrote. “We lived lengthy and prospered collectively,” he added in a second tweet.
Nichols, who was born, Grace Dell Nichols was broadly thought to be a trailblazer within the tv trade for her portrayal of Black lead Lieutenant Nyota Uhura, debuting in 1966. As Uhura, she additionally shared the first-ever interracial on-screen kiss on American tv with fellow cast-member William Shatner‘s Captain James T. Kirk. The position was so monumental, that Martin Luther King Jr. known as it “the primary non-stereotypical position portrayed by a black lady in tv historical past.”
Nichols made her last public look at Comedian Con in Los Angeles final December the place she greeted followers alongside members of her household, together with son Kyle Johnson and sister Marian Michaels.
Her dying was confirmed by Gilbert Bell, who labored as each her enterprise companion and expertise supervisor. Nichols handed away in Silver Metropolis, New Mexico. Her son additionally took to Fb with a press release following her passing. “Her gentle nevertheless, like the traditional galaxies now being seen for the primary time, will stay for us and future generations to get pleasure from, study from, and draw inspiration,” he wrote. “Hers was a life nicely lived and as such a mannequin for us all.”