Star Trek's Nichelle Nichols Diagnosed With Dementia

Lewis Collier
August 11, 2018

Star Trek icon and former The Young and the Restless (YR) star Nichelle Nichols has been diagnosed with dementia and it's sadly progressing.

According to Nichols' conservatorship documents, obtained by TMZ, the actress, 85, has "moderate progressive dementia".

Fans of Nichols may have suspected something was awry in May of this year when Nichols' son Kyle Johnson requested a Los Angeles court to appoint conservators to oversee Nichols' affairs.

Makhijani provided details of the progression of the dementia, saying that Nichols had "major impairment of her short-term memory" and "moderate impairment of understanding abstract concepts, sense of time, place, and immediate recall".

The documents also said that there's good news since there appears to be no apparent impairment with her long-term memory, her comprehension, or verbal communication - and she's able to recognize people she's familiar with.

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In 2015, Nichols, who is best known for playing Lieutenant Uhura in "Star Trek", was rushed to a hospital after reportedly suffering a mild stroke.

Today, the franchise continues to make history as Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot Productions have tapped Jessica Jones director S.J. Clarkson to direct the fourth film in its current Star Trek franchise.

Nichols' role was one of the first African American female characters on American television not portrayed as a servant.

Clarkson will direct Star Trek 4 from a script written by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay.

At that the time, he argued Nichols was in need of court-ordered protection to block people from taking advantage of her.

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