At age 89, Nichelle Nichols, who played Lt. Uhura on "Star Trek," died.

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Nichelle Nichols broke down barriers for Black women in Hollywood when she played Lt.

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Uhura, the communications officer, on the first "Star Trek" TV show. She died at the age of 89.

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Her son Kyle Johnson said that Nichols died in Silver City, New Mexico, on Saturday.

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"My mother, Nichelle Nichols, passed away last night from natural causes. 

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 "She lived a good life and is a good example for all of us."

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Nichols' role as Lt. Uhura in the 1966–1969 series gave her a place of honor among the show's fans, who are called Trekkers and Trekkies. 

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It also got her praise for breaking stereotypes that said black women could only act as servants. 

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For example, she kissed her white co-star William Shatner on screen, which was unheard of at the time.

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Takei and Nichols both played Sulu in the first "Star Trek" series. 

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But she had an effect on more people than just her co-stars, and many people in the "Star Trek" world tweeted their condolences.

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