Majel Barrett Roddenberry Dies At 76

Majel Barrett Roddenberry, widow of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, has died of leukemia at age 76. Majel Barrett Roddenberry played nurse Christine Chapel in the original Star Trek series, Lwaxana Troi in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and was the voice of the Enterprise computer. From the announcement at

Majel Barrett Roddenberry passed away this morning, December 18, 2008, at 12:27 AM in her Bel Air home. She died peacefully, in her sleep, and was surrounded by family and loved ones.

“My mother truly acknowledged and appreciated the fact that Star Trek fans played a vital role in keeping the Roddenberry dream alive for the past 42 years. It was her love for the fans, and their love in return, that kept her going for so long after my father passed away.” – Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry, Jr.

Information on donations and pending memorial service were also posted by her family:

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her name to the CARE Organization or Precious Paws both of which share Roddenberry’s love for animals and dedication to animal rescue.

Precious Paws
18034 Ventura Blvd., #430
Encino, CA 91316
(818) 304-5595

P.O. Box 56631
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(818) 685-9980

Funeral details are pending and a public memorial will be scheduled sometime after Christmas or in early 2009.

There was a recent announcement that Roddenberry would be providing the voice for the Enterprise computer in the upcoming Star Trek movie but it wasn’t clear if this has already been recorded.

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  1. 1
    Christopher says:

    Majel Barrett was so damned cool.

    I didn’t know she was ill. I always liked her.

  2. 2
    bob thompson says:

    All trekkers and trekkies, worldwide should go to, and be invited to go to, Majel’s funeral in Los Angeles, as a quiet and immense show of enduring support for the universal values Star Trek will always represent.  William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy should both be invited to give official funeral remembrances.

    May God Bless You, Majel.  Live Long and Prosper.

  3. 3
    Vernon Rhett says:

    Goodbye Majel.  I am really sad.  As Star Trek fans you have given my family and I many years of joy and happyness.

  4. 4
    Leslie says:

    I am deeply saddened by the loss of one of my favorite characters.  I am also disappointed by the lack of media coverage of her death.  I did not see the news mentioned by either MSN or Cnn.  I wonder why…

  5. 5
    Carolyn says:

    Goodbye to another wonderful person of Star Trek. You added so much to the series, beauty and class. Thank you for the memories.  Carolyn and family

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