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Original Trekker Nurse Chapel Dies

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Dec 18, 2008 | 6:16pm EST

A part of the Star Trek lore has died.

Majel Barrett Roddenberry, "The First Lady of Star Trek," died Thursday of leukemia at her home in Bel-Air, Calif. She was 76.

The widow of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, she was a fixture in the Star Trek franchise. Her roles included Nurse Chapel in the original series, Lwaxana Troi in Star Trek: The Next Generation and the voice of the USS Enterprise computer in almost every spin-off of the 1966 cult series.

She recently reprised the voice role in the upcoming Star Trek film directed by J.J. Abrams.

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