‘Star Trek’ actor dies after ALS battle

Actor Kenneth Mitchell arrives for the 2015 Golden Maple Awards in Los Angeles on July 1, 2015.

Kenneth Mitchell, an actor who appeared in shows like “Star Trek: Discovery” and “Jericho,” has died following a battle with ALS. He was 49.

Mitchell’s death was confirmed on Sunday in a statement shared to his verified Instagram page. “With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Kenneth Alexander Mitchell, beloved father, husband, brother, uncle, son and dear friend,” the post said.

Mitchell portrayed multiple characters in various episodes of “Star Trek: Discovery,” including a Klingon named Kol, and voiced characters on the animated series “Star Trek: Lower Decks.” He also starred as Eric Green on CBS’ “Jericho,” and in the 2019 Marvel film “Captain Marvel,” he played Joseph Danvers, father of Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), in a flashback scene.

In 2020, Mitchell revealed he had been diagnosed with ALS two years earlier. In an interview with People at the time, he said he had been using a wheelchair since 2019 and was diagnosed in 2018 after he began experiencing twitching in his muscles.

“The moment that they told us it was (ALS), it was like I was in my own movie,” Mitchell said. “That’s what it felt like, like I was watching that scene where someone is being told that they have a terminal illness. It was just a complete disbelief, a shock.”

First appeared on www.usatoday.com

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