Nichelle Nichols is one of the most beloved sci-fi icons in the world. Unfortunately, though, the Star Trek star has been suffering health problems in recent years. In 2015 news hit that she had suffered a stroke, deeply upsetting her legions of fans. She seemed to be getting better… but just a few years later she was diagnosed with something just as serious.
Nichelle Nichols played Lieutenant Nyota Uhura, a bridge officer, in the classic ’60s sci-fi series Star Trek. The TV program was groundbreaking in many ways, not least because it used its futuristic setting to comment on contemporary issues such as war, sexism, and racism. Uhura was one of the few black women on television presented as equal to her white counterparts.