Nichelle Nichols was hospitalized after suffering what is being termed a mild stroke. The beloved Star Trek actress is resting comfortably while having tests, reported Entertainment Tonight.
At 82, Nichelle had lived in her own home in Los Angeles prior to the health crisis. Known by her flock of fans as their wise and warm Lt. Uhura from her years on Star Trek (both TV and film versions), Nichols recently mourned the death of her co-star Leonard Nimoy.
“She was at home,” confirmed Nichols’ representative about where the reported stroke occurred.
However, emphasizing that the doctors are performing tests, the spokesperson revealed that no formal prognosis or even diagnosis has been provided for Nichelle.
“[She is] resting comfortably and undergoing tests. We do not have a prognosis yet but everyone’s prayers and well wishes are appreciated.”
After Leonard Nimoy’s death, as the Inquisitr reported, Nichols honored his character Mr. Spock and the actor himself.
“A true force of strength and his character was that of a champion. Leonard’s integrity and passion as an actor and devotion to his craft helped transport Star Trek into television history. His vision and heart are bigger than the universe. I will miss him very much and send heartfelt wishes to his family.”
For years, Nimoy continued to use the phrase “Live Long and Prosper” (LLAP). And thus Nichols used it as well in paying tribute to her co-star and friend.
“I have been, and always shall be, your friend #LLAP,” she wrote.
During her years on Star Trek, Nichelle also became famous for sharing the first televised interracial kiss with William Shatner, reported the New York Daily News.
She loved meeting with Star Trek fans, but listed her favorite Close Encounter of the Star Trek Kind as meeting President Obama.
“Months ago Pres Obama was quoted as saying that he’d had a crush on me when he was younger. I asked about that & he proudly confirmed it!” tweeted the actress.
Nichelle’s representative provided an update to her condition recently, according to TMZ.
After performing a CAT scan, they are encouraged that the results were negative. However, the diagnosis based on an MRI as well as a prognosis remain to be revealed.
“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,” said her rep.
[Image via Nichelle Nichols’ Facebook]