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Actress Nichelle Nichols, Best Known For Starring in Star Trek, Diagnosed With Dementia

Updated On 12 Aug, 2018 Published On

Actress Nichelle Nichols, who played Uhura in Star Trek, has been diagnosed with dementia, multiple sources have confirmed.

According to obtained documents filed in the Nichols' conservatorship, Dr. Meena Makhijani states the actress, 85, has been a patient of hers over more than two years, adding that she has "moderate progressive dementia."

The documents further state that Nichols "has major impairment of her short-term memory and moderate impairment of understanding abstract concepts, sense of time, place and immediate recall."

CAPTION: Actress Nichelle Nichols, Best Known For Starring in Star Trek, Diagnosed With Dementia SOURCE: Pop Culture Tonight

However, Nichols has no apparent impairment for long-term memory, comprehension, verbal communication and concentration.

Nichols began her career with her appearance the '60s television series 'Star Trek: The Original Series' which ran from 1966 to 1969. Last month, Nichols appeared at Comic-Con where she discussed her iconic role.

Nichols has not been active in the TV and film industry over the years. In 2007, she starred on several episodes of Heroes, in addition to her 2016's appearance on The Young and the Restless.

In May of this year, Nichols' son Kyle Johnson filed documents in court assigning four fiduciaries to his mother as conservators, saying that she has dementia.

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