ARCHIV - 19.09.2017, USA, Los Angeles: Die "Star Trek"-Darstellerin Nichelle Nichols kommt zur Premiere der neuen Fernsehserie "Star Trek: Discovery". Die aus der Kultserie «Raumschiff Enterprise» bekannte US-Schauspielerin Nichelle Nichols ist mit 89 Jahren gestorben. Foto: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

The US actress Nichelle Nichols, known from the cult series “Spaceship Enterprise”, has died at the age of 89. “I regret to inform you that a great light in the firmament does not shine for us as it has for so many years. Last night my mother, Nichelle Nichols, died of natural causes,” her son Kyle Johnson wrote on the website of the woman who played communications officer Lieutenant Nyota Uhura on Starship Enterprise.

Several US media also confirmed the death, citing the family environment or Nichols manager. Nichols made history in the legendary TV series “Star Trek”, as the show was originally called: The African-American woman’s 1968 kiss with her colleague William Shatner aka Captain Kirk is widely regarded as the first between a black woman and a white man in the US -TV history. Nichols was also one of the first Black women to have a major role in a television series.

Shatner wrote on Twitter, “So sorry to hear about Nichelle’s passing. She was a beautiful woman and played an admirable character who did so much to redefine social issues both here in the US and around the world. I will surely miss her. I send my love and condolences to her family.”

Originally from Illinois, Nichols worked as an entertainer for decades and performed as a singer and dancer in Chicago as a teenager. She later made her breakthrough on television. In 1992 she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.