Nichelle Nichols Of Star Strek Suffers Mild Stroke

Nichelle Nichols Of Star Strek Suffers Mild Stroke
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Nichelle Nichols, famous for playing Lt. Nyota Uhura in the “Star Trek” television series and movies, was reported to have suffered a mild stroke on Wednesday evening. The news was announced on her Facebook page.


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

CNN notes that Nichols tore down casting barriers when she, a black woman, was cast in “Star Trek” in 1966. African-American women had often played the roles of maids or servants, but Uhura served as an exemplary symbol of the multicultural crew that made up the television series.

George Takei, her co-star, tweeted about the incident, saying “our thoughts are with her.”

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On Thursday, McGinnis told CNN, “CAT scan came back negative, and we are awaiting the results from the MRI.

“Currently she is awake, eating, in good spirits and able to have full conversations. Her right side has shown minor signs or mobility loss, but she is not showing any signs of paralysis.”