pioneer Nichelle Nichols, who portrayed Lieutenant Nyota Uhura in the 1960s television series "Star Trek,"

According to a family friend named Skye Conway, Nichols passed away on Saturday night 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."

"Last night, my mother Nichelle Nichols passed away due to natural causes. But like the modern galaxies, her light was once old.

From 1966 through 1969, Nichols played Uhura on the original "Star Trek" TV series, and she later appeared in six "Star Trek" movies.

Beginning with "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" from 1979. He received a lot of praise for breaking the stereotypes during that time,

Shatner, who co-starred with Nichols in the original TV series, tweeted, "I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Nichelle."

He made his debut in the movie "Porgy and Bess" in 1959 after moving to Hollywood. It was the start of a series of film and television roles.