Actress Majel Barrett Roddenberry, the wife of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, died yesterday, according to an announcement by the Associated Press.
Mrs. Roddenberry was not simply known as “The First Lady of Star Trek.” She also played Nurse Christine Chapel in the original William Shatner Star Trek, Deanna Troi’s mother Lwaxani in Star Trek: The Next Generation, as well as the voice of the USS Enterprise.
Her son, Rod, had this to say about his mother’s passing:
“My mother truly acknowledged and appreciated the fact that Star Trek fans played a vital role in keeping the Roddenberry dream alive for the past 42 years. It was her love for the fans, and their love in return, that kept her going for so long after my father passed away.”
Mrs. Roddenberry died of leukemia in her home in Bel-Air on Thursday, representatives said, after being diagnosed with the disease six months prior. She was 76.