Trailblazing Star Trek actress dies


American actress Nichelle Nichols, best known for her role in 1960s sci-fi TV series Star Trek, has died aged 89.

Nichols broke barriers in her role as Lieutenant Uhura in the series, becoming one of the first black actresses in the US to play a figure in authority.

She was later employed by Nasa in an effort to encourage more women and African-Americans to become astronauts.

According to her son Kyle Johnson She died of natural causes on Saturday night.