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Actress Nichelle Nichols, best known for her groundbreaking role as Lt. Nyota Uhura on Star Trek, suffered a minor stroke at her home in Los Angeles Wednesday (June 3). Nichols, 82, is expected to begin therapy today to determine her chances for a full recovery.

“Last night while at her home in L.A., Nichelle Nichols suffered from a mild stroke. She is currently undergoing testing to determine how severe the stroke was. Please keep her in your thoughts,” rep Zach McGinnis said in a Facebook statement.

As of today (June 5) Nichols has completed an MRI scan which determined that the stroke was indeed minor. “She will start therapy this morning to evaluate how much damage was done, and try to determine her chances for a full or partial recovery,” reads another Facebook update. “The therapists will test her hand at writing and legs to see if she can stand and walk on her own. Last night Nichelle remained alert, and cheerful.”

The statement continues, “When we told her about the love and support coming in from around the world she smiled and asked to see the posts on her Facebook. Thank you again for all of your kind words. Keep them coming because Nichelle is reading them.”

Here’s hoping Nichols makes a full recovery.

Photo: WENN