Nichols died Saturday of natural causes at the age of 89, his son Kyle Johnson posted on Facebook.
“His light however, like the ancient galaxies now being observed for the first time, will remain for us and future generations to enjoy, learn from and inspire,” he wrote on Sunday. “His life was well lived and as such a model for all of us.”
Among those paying tribute to Nichols was President Joe Biden, who praised him as a “trailblazer of stage and screen who redefined what is possible for black Americans and women.” His statement about them continued star trek Role,” with a defined dignity and authority, she helped tell a central story that redefined scientific discovery and discoveries. And he continues this legacy by working with NASA to empower generations of Americans from every background to reach for the stars and beyond.
Also remembering Nichols was the team behind woman in motion, a 2021 documentary film that highlights his efforts to help recruit people of color to work for NASA. “Nickel, 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 entertained us, you inspired us, you showed all mankind how easy it can be to love and respect one another, to live long and prosper.”
Additionally, many people in Hollywood took to social media to express their condolences, including star trek Co-star George Takei. Read on to see her tribute to the actress.
Nickel Nichols✨ His light will continue to shine. Brighter and stronger than ever. Now peace to him everyone else and his family. Can’t wait to celebrate her life in time to come and all the stories that those who know her best will share. https://t.co/lK07CTahJx
— Melissa Navia (@melissaCnavia) 31 July 2022
I am deeply sorry to hear of Nickel’s passing. She was a beautiful woman and played an admirable character who did much to redefine social issues here in America and around the world. I will definitely miss her. Sending my love and condolences to his family. bill
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) 31 July 2022
You all, @nichelleisuhuru.
Heartbroken by the news of his passing, however, I am comforted by the knowledge that he paved the way for many of us to boldly rise to the stars with his grace, beauty, brilliance, intelligence and his commitment to humanity! #Goddess #Queen
— Levar Burton (@levarburton) 31 July 2022
RIP to a true legend. His legacy will live on forever.#nickelnicholas
— Jerry Ryan (@JeriLRyan) 31 July 2022
— Tawny “My name is Tanny” Newsome (@TrondyNewman) 31 July 2022
Nickel Nichols – Liv Long and Prosper
December 1932 – July 2022
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) 31 July 2022
— Terry Matal (@TerryMatal) 31 July 2022
Nickel Nichols was the first. She was a trailblazer who navigated a very challenging trail with patience, grace and a grand fire that we are unlikely to see again.
— Kate Mulgrew (@TheKateMulgrew) 31 July 2022
relax, legend pic.twitter.com/OdKjlCtB69
— alien superstar crg (@celiargooding) 31 July 2022
A remarkable woman in a remarkable role. Nickel, you will be greatly missed. Sending lots of love and respect. pic.twitter.com/ZRnMblXx0Z
— JJ Abrams (@jjabrams) 31 July 2022
tear out @NichelleIsUhura, You led the way and opened the door for the rest of us, who followed in your wake. We will be forever grateful. My heart is broken
— Marina Sirtis (@Marina_Sirtis) 31 July 2022
Nickel was a singular inspiration. He’s 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 that this is the reason why they became… an astronaut, a scientist, a writer, a linguist, an engineer… it goes on. 1/2
— Alex Kurtzman (@Alex_Kurtzman) 31 July 2022
My love for the original Star Trek runs deep. Nichelle Nichols was a ground-breaker and a prolific ambassador for her show, her role, and science throughout her life. And a really lovely person. May he have a wonderful adventure till the end.#ripnichellenichols
— Jason Alexander (@IJasonAlexander) 31 July 2022