On September 21, 2019, the ‘Star Trek’ world experienced a sad loss with the death of Aron Eisenberg. Eisenberg’s spouse, Malíssa Longo, posted on her Facebook page that he had passed away. His cause of death has not yet been revealed, although we do know he had two kidney transplants with the most recent being in 2015.
Eisenberg is best known for his portrayal of the character “Nog” on ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.’ ‘DS9’ had a running theme of multiple incompatible races being forced to integrate in the confines of a contested space station. As with any ‘Star Trek’ show, there was peril and thoughtful ethical dilemmas, but ‘DS9′ had the added element of taking deep dives into its character’s psyches.
Eisenberg’ Nog was a Ferengi, which is a race who values the pursuit of profit over anything else. Nog was an interesting character because he was not fully comfortable with his role in his race’s two-dimensional society of greed. Over the years Eisenberg played Nog in such a way that his character gained a depth that is uncommon for roles that aren’t principal characters.
Longo had some very touching things to say about Eisenberg:
“He was an intelligent, humble, funny, emphatic soul. He sought to live his life with integrity and truth. He was so driven to put the best he had into whatever work was put before him. He lived his life with such vigor and passion. He was like a breath of fresh air, because I knew I would always hear the truth from him. Even if I didn’t want to hear it and even if the truth was inconvenient. He made me (and still makes me) want to be the best human I can possibly be, because he always strove to be the best human he could be. His resilience and willingness to learn was and is an inspiration.”
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