“Star Trek” Actor, Dies at 49 After Battling ALS

“Star Trek” Actor, Dies at 49 After Battling ALS

(DailyDig.com) – An actor known for his role in “Star Trek:Discovery,” Kenneth Mitchell, 49, died on February 24, according to a statement from his family.

Mitchell had suffered from the neurodegenerative disease ALS, commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, for the last five years. His family statement announcing his death said that they are heartbroken, as he was a dear family member and friend to many. He believed that every day is given to us as a gift, and no one is ever alone.

He revealed his diagnosis to the public in an interview in 2020. He explained that he had lost the function of his body, which required him to use a wheelchair starting in 2019. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that ALS attacks nerve cells, which is why they stop working, causing the body to stop working.

Mitchell was born in Toronto, Canada, in 1974. He portrayed three roles in “Star Trek: Discovery,” all Klingons. In one episode of “Star Trek: Lower Decks,” he was the voice of some of the characters.

Other roles Mitchel had on a recurring basis were for the TV shows “Ghost Whisperer,” “The Astronaut Wives Club,” “Jericho,” “Switched at Birth,” and “Nancy Drew.” In the movies, he acted in “Miracle” and in “Captain Marvel,” he played the role of Joseph Danvers.

In the role of one of the Klingons, Kol, in “Star Trek: Discovery,” according to the Star Trek official website, he attempted to show a new vision of the Klingon culture. He tried to show that the vision of a person’s character, whether good or bad, was a feature of what their culture’s understanding is about. He wanted the fans to make a decision as they got to know the Klingon culture.

At the announcement of his death, Mitchell’s friends remembered him as being a lover of nature, a daydreamer, and a cat lover. Mostly, people remember him as a proud father.

His wife, their two children, and his parents survive him.

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