Nichols died Saturday of natural causes at the age of 89, her son, Kyle Johnson, announced on Facebook.
“Its light however, like the ancient galaxies seen now for the first time, will remain for us and future generations to enjoy, learn and be inspired by,” he wrote on Sunday. “His was a life well lived and as such a role model for all of us.”
Among those paying tribute to Nichols was President Joe Biden, who hailed her as a “stage and screen trailblazer who redefined what is possible for black Americans and women.” His statement continued about him star trek role, “With defining dignity and authority, she helped tell a central story that reimagined scientific pursuits and discoveries. And she carried on that legacy by continuing to work with NASA to empower generations of Americans from all walks of life to reach for the stars and beyond.
Also remembering that Nichols was the team behind woman in motion, a 2021 documentary film highlighting his efforts to help recruit people of color to work for NASA. “Nichelle, we will be forever grateful for the opportunity to tell your story and share it with the world,” director and producer Todd Thompson said in a statement. “You have entertained us, you have inspired us, you have shown all of humanity how easy it can be to love and respect each other, to live long and to thrive.”
Additionally, many in Hollywood have taken to social media to express their condolences, including her star trek co-starring George Takei. Read on to see their tributes to the actress.
✨Nichelle Nichols✨ Her light will continue to shine. Brighter and stronger than ever. Everything else is hers now and peace to her family. I can’t wait for the celebration of her life that is to come and all the stories that those who knew her best will share. https://t.co/lK07CTahJx
— Melissa Navia (@melissaCnavia) July 31, 2022
I am sorry to learn of Nichelle’s passing. She was a beautiful woman and played an admirable character who did so much to redefine social issues here in the United States and around the world. I will definitely miss her. I send my love and condolences to his family. Invoice
—William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) July 31, 2022
All of you, @nichelleisuhuru.
Heartbroken at the news of her passing, however, I am comforted to know that she lit the way for so many of us with her grace, beauty, talent, intelligence and commitment to humanity. going boldly to the stars! #goddess #queen
— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) July 31, 2022
RIP to a true legend. His legacy will live forever.#NichelleNichols
— Jeri Ryan (@JeriLRyan) July 31, 2022
— Tawny “My name is Tawny” Newsome (@TrondyNewman) July 31, 2022
Nichelle Nichols – Live Long and Prosper
December 1932 — July 2022
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) July 31, 2022
— Terry Matal (@TerryMatal) July 31, 2022
Nichelle Nichols was the first. She was a pioneer who walked a very difficult path with courage, grace, and a beautiful fire that we are unlikely to see again.
— Kate Mulgrew (@TheKateMulgrew) July 31, 2022
Rest well, legend 🕊✨🤍 pic.twitter.com/OdKjlCtB69
— ALIEN SUPERSTAR CRG (@celiargooding) July 31, 2022
A remarkable woman in a remarkable role. Nichelle, you will be greatly missed. Sending lots of love and respect. pic.twitter.com/ZRnMblXx0Z
— JJ Abrams (@jjabrams) July 31, 2022
TO TEAR APART @NichelleIsUhura. You have paved the way and opened the door for the rest of us who have followed in your wake. We will always be grateful. My heart is broken💔😢
— Marina Sirtis (@Marina_Sirtis) July 31, 2022
Nichelle was a singular inspiration. She was the one who really opened my eyes to what Star Trek is and can be. I can’t tell you how many people have told me she was the reason they became…an astronaut, a scientist, a writer, a linguist, an engineer…it just goes on and on. 1/2
—Alex Kurtzman (@Alex_Kurtzman) July 31, 2022
My love for the original Star Trek runs deep. Nichelle Nichols has been a glorious trailblazer and ambassador for her show, role and science all her life. And a really lovely person. May she have a wonderful adventure to the final frontier.#ripnichellenichols
— Jason Alexander (@IJasonAlexander) July 31, 2022