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‘Star Trek’s’ Nichelle Nichols Suffers Stroke

Nichelle Nichols, 82, who played Lt. Nyota Uhura in the Star Trek TV series and films, suffered a mild stroke late Wednesday evening, according to an announcement on her Facebook page.

“Last night, while at her home in L.A., Nichelle Nichols suffered from a mild stroke,” said Zach McGinnis of Galactic Productions. “She is currently undergoing testing to determine how severe the stroke was,” the statement continued. “Please keep her in your thoughts.”

Ms. Nichols made history by sharing the first interracial kiss on national television on the show during a point of extreme racial tension. During a scene on the show, Nichols and William Shatner’s character were turned into unwilling slaves that were forced to kiss each other.

Since Star Trek, Ms. Nichols has appeared in several films and television shows, including Futurama, Are We There Yet? and Scooby Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster. 

We wish Ms. Nichols a speedy recover!