‘Star Trek’ Actress Grace Lee Whitney Dies at 85
Whitney, famous for playing Captain Kirk’s assistant, died of natural causes according to her son Jonathan Dweck.
A recovering alcoholic, she spent the last 35 years of her life helping others with addiction problems, some of whom she met at Star Trek conventions she would regularly attend.
“Over time, she became appreciative of her short time on Star Trek because she developed meaningful relationships with the fans, Leonard Nimoy (who passed away in February), and other cast members,” her son said in a statement.
William Shatner, who played Whitney’s boss, tweeted the following today (May 4, 2015).
Condolences to the family of Grace. She was a constant shining smile over the years every time our paths crossed.
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) May 4, 2015