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“Star Trek” actor Kenneth Mitchell dies at 49

Canadian actor Kenneth Mitchell He died at the age of 49 this Sunday (25). The death announcement was made by his family on social media. He leaves behind his wife, Susan, and two young children.

“With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Kenneth Alexander Mitchell, beloved father, husband, brother, uncle, son and dear friend,” said the note published by the family.

The actor, who appeared in series “Star Trek: Discovery” and the film “Captain Marvel” received a diagnosis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in 2018 and had been sharing updates about the condition periodically.

In August, Mitchell celebrated the fifth anniversary of his diagnosis in an Instagram post.

“I want to celebrate the gift of life today. I am so grateful to have this day before me. It's been 5 long years. So much lost, so much gained. Incredibly difficult times, mixed with many other blessings,” Mitchell wrote at the time.

“At the center of it all are friends and family, caregivers and doctors who continually come to my family’s aid. Giving an infinite amount of support, love, affection and encouragement. There is so much beauty in that. This disease is absolutely horrible… But despite all the suffering, there is much to be thankful for.”

More about Kenneth Mitchell

A native of Canada, Mitchell has acquired more than 50 film and television credits throughout his acting career.

He played Carol Danvers' father in “Captain Marvel” (2019) and an Olympic hopeful in the 2004 hockey film “Miracle.”

Mitchell has appeared in dozens of TV series, including “Jericho,” “The Astronaut Wives Club” and “Switched at Birth.”

From 2017 to 2021, Mitchell played the Klingons Kol, Kol-Sha and Tenavik, as well as Aurellio, on “Star Trek: Discovery.”

“Whether someone is good or bad is all about perspective and understanding that culture,” he told StarTrek.com in 2017.

“You’ll meet the Klingons on our show and then people can decide if we really are the villains.”

In addition to his acting roles, Mitchell was remembered by those close to him as a “hope seeker, dreamer, believer in dreams.”

In the family's statement, they expressed admiration for the strength Mitchell showed in living with the disease.

“Regardless of his later disabilities, Ken discovered a higher calling to be more fully himself with his children,” the family wrote.

“For five and a half years, Ken faced a series of terrifying challenges arising from Sclerosis. And in true Ken fashion, he managed to overcome each one with grace and a commitment to living a full, joyful life in every moment.”

Source: CNN Brasil

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