'Star Trek' Star Nichelle Nichols Suffers Mild Stroke
Actress Star Trek" series, suffered a mild stroke at her Los Angeles home on Wednesday night, but appears to be doing well after a series of tests at a local hospital.
A rep for Nichols, Zach McGinnis, announced the news on Nichols's Facebook page early Thursday, writing that the actress "is currently undergoing testing to determine how severe the stroke was. Please keep her in your thoughts." Despite that scare, those tests appear to have gone well, and McGinnis updated Nichols's Facebook page later in the day. He wrote:
Nichelle Nichols has had both a CAT scan and an MRI today. The 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 paralyses.
We greatly appreciate all of the love and support her fans are showing at this time.
Nichols, 82, shot to fame as Uhura on Gene Rodenberry's original "Star Trek" TV series, which ran from 1966 through 1969, and she reprised the role in films that spanned the '70s, '80s, and '90s. She's been acting steadily ever since, appearing on television series including "Gargoyles" and "Futurama" and starring as Nana Dawson on NBC hit "Heroes." According to her Facebook page, she was shooting a film as recently as May 2.
We're wishing Nichols a speedy recovery. Live long and prosper.
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