Son Kyle Johnson said Nichelle Nichols of star trek died Saturday in Silver City, New Mexico.

Kyle Johnson, her son, said Nichols had died Saturday in Silver City (New Mexico).

"Last night my mother, Nichelle Nichols succumbed to natural causes. She passed away.

However, her light, just like the old galaxies that are being seen now for the first time will be there for future generations.

Johnson posted the following message on Sunday, on her official Facebook page: "Learn from, and take inspiration."

"Hers was an example for all of us. It was a well-lived life."

In an interview with Smithsonian magazine in 2011, Nichols recalls meeting King at a fundraiser for civil rights groups.

She was also a regular on Heroes as the great-aunt to a boy with mystical abilities.

Nichelle Nichols of star trek The Original Series aired on NBC on September 8, 1966.