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Popular Star Trek Star Nichelle Nichols Is Suffering From Dementia

Star Trek Star Nichelle Nichols Has Dementia
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May. 5 2018, Updated 9:57 p.m. ET

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'Star Trek' star Nichelle Nichols' health is failing.

The 85-year-old – who became famous playing Lieutenant Uhura – is suffering from dementia.

According to reports she is suffering memory loss and needs to be taken care of according to her son. She has been confined to a wheelchair in recent times.

Kyle Johnson filed papers in court nominating 4 fiduciaries to become his 85-year-old mom's conservators.

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This would legally give them control of her finances and decisions related to her health.

According to Johnson, this is necessary because her dementia is "impacting her executive functioning" and makes her "susceptible to undue influence."

He added: "Certain individuals have unduly exerted themselves into Ms. Nichols' life 'to her detriment.'"

Aside from her classic 'Star Trek' role, the actress has been very busy with three projects coming out this year.

Her health took a setback when she suffered a stroke back in 2015 – many of her original Star Trek cast members have now passed away.

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