Science fiction icon Nichelle Nichols has reportedly been rushed to the hospital due to a stroke. The 82-year-old actress best known for her role as Lt. Uhura in the ‘Star Trek’ television series from 1966-1969 and six of the ‘Star Trek’ movies suffered the stroke on Wednesday night and has been recovering ever since. Her manager Zach McGinnis released the following statement on Nichols’ official Facebook page:
“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.”
Along with an outpour of well-wishes from fans, a few of Nichols’ ‘Star Trek’ co-stars including George Takei and other figures from all over the entertainment world have expressed their concern for the beloved trail-blazing actress:
We understand #NichelleNichols has been rushed to the hospital. We don't have any diagnosis on her condition but our thoughts are with her.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) June 4, 2015
Though many outlets are reporting that the testing to determine the severity of the stroke are ongoing, TMZ reports that a rep for Nichols says that she is awake and resting comfortably in a Los Angeles hospital after undergoing treatment. Another update from McGinnis about an hour ago confirms the report:
“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.”
As updates on her condition are released, we here at ScienceFiction.com will be sure to keep our readers abreast to the situation. Until then, we wish Nichelle Nicols a warp speed recovery.