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Today is another sad day for Trek fans, TrekMovie was just informed by the Roddenberry family that Majel Barrett Roddenberry passed away this morning at the age of 76. The first lady of Star Trekâ€™ died of leukemia at her home in Bel Air. At her side were her son Eugene â€˜Rodâ€™ Roddenberry along with family and friends.
Majel Barrett began her career in the 1950â€™s with roles in such popular shows as "Leave it to Beaver," "Bonanza" and "The Lucy Show; but it was her numerous roles in the legendary Star Trek franchise that fans came to know and love her. Roddenberry had featured roles in almost every Star Trek television and film entity and became an iconic figure within the fan community. Her roles included Nurse Chapel in Star Trek: The Original Series, Lwaxana Troi in Star Trek: The Next Generation and the voice of the USS Enterprise computer in almost every incarnation of the series. However, it was the love affair between her and the late Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry that earned her the title "The First Lady of Star Trek." Over the course of their more then quarter-century love affair, she became not only Geneâ€™s partner, but also his creative muse. Roddenberry helped Gene expand the Star Trek universe and was an integral part of its continued legacy after his death. Majel recently completed reprising her role as the voice of the USS Enterprise for J.J. Abramsâ€™ new Star Trek film.
Roddenberry succumbed to a short battle with Leukemia at 12:27 AM on December 18 in her Bel-Air home. She passed away peacefully, surrounded by her son Rod Roddenberry and family friends. She is survived by her only son Eugene "Rod" Roddenberry Jr. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her name to the CARE Organization or Precious Paws both of which share Roddenberryâ€™s love for animals and dedication to animal rescue.
Funeral details are pending and a public memorial will be scheduled sometime after Christmas or in early 2009.
More on Majel and her contributions to Star Trek at Memory Alpha
Alot of you have uploaded several news items for this and I just choose one to post. It is indeed a sad day, May she rest in peace and I hope she's finally been reunited with Gene after 17 years :)