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'Star Trek' actress Stephanie Niznik dead at 52

13 July 2019

"So sad to hear that Stephanie Niznik... is dead".

She attained a master's degree in Cal Arts before starting to land acting roles in Hollywood.

Stephanie famously played the role of Nina Feeney in TV drama Everwood.

She also appeared as Carol in Grey's Anatomy (200) 7, as Jo Weller-Clarke in Life is Wild (2007-2008), Deborah Radley in CSI: Miami (2008), Sharon Bellows in NCIS (2009), and Dr. Evelyn Ariza in Lost (2009). She also played Perim in the 1998 movie, "Star Trek: Insurrection" and made an appearance on "Star Trek: Enterprise".

Niznik's passing was first announced on Friday, though a cause of death has not been reported. Stephanie Niznik returned to the Star Trek franchise.

She appeared onstage along with her costars, including Treat Williams, Gregory Smith, Emily VanCamp, Tom Amandes, Debra Mooney, Vivien Cardone, John Beasley and Justin Baldoni, according to Entertainment Tonight. She graduated from Duke University with majors in theater and Russian. A special reunion was organized in honor of the series' 15th Anniversary. "I'm lucky to have known her. Rest In Peace Stephanie".

She was an active volunteer in hunger, children, and animal rescue organization.

USA publication Variety reported that the death was "unexpected".

Stephanie Niznik was 52 years previous when she died. Niznik survives by her mother, stepmother, brother and lawyer, and her niece, nephews, aunt and uncle, and Nucleus and Jake, her beloved dogs.

'Star Trek' actress Stephanie Niznik dead at 52