(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 2, 2003, US actress Nichelle Nichols attends the 2003 TV Land awards at the Palladium Theatre in Hollywood, California. - Nichols, who was best known for portraying Lt Nyota Uhura on Star Trek: The Originial Series, has died at the age of 89. (Photo by Chris Delmas / AFP)

Actress Nichelle Nichols passed away on Saturday, according to her son. Taking to Instagram, Kylie Johnson wrote: “I am sorry to inform you that a great light in the firmament no longer shines for us. Last night my mother died of natural causes.”

However, their light will remain with us, he wrote further. The funeral will therefore take place in the closest circle of the family.