'Star Trek' icon who played Lieutenant Uhura, Nichelle Nichols, dies at 89

Trailblazer Nichelle Nichols, who portrayed Lieutenant Nyota Uhura, a communications officer on "Star Trek," 

In the 1960s TV series, and shared one of the movie's first interracial kisses with William Shatner, has passed away at the age of 89.

Kyle Johnson, her son, put a message on her Facebook page confirming her death.

Family friend Sky Conway, who called Nichols "truly transformational" and "an extraordinary person,

Verified to USA TODAY that Nichols passed away Saturday evening in Silver City, New Mexico.

Johnson posted on Facebook, "I regret to inform you that a great light in the firmament no longer shines for us as it did for so many years."

And He also said "Last night, my mother Nichelle Nichols passed away due to natural causes.

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