Actor Kenneth Mitchell, known for his roles in popular franchises such as “Star Trek: Discovery” and “Captain Marvel,” has passed away at the age of 49 after a brave battle with ALS. Mitchell’s family announced the heartbreaking news on social media, expressing their deep sorrow over the loss of a beloved father, husband, brother, uncle, and friend.

Mitchell’s acting career was diverse and impressive, with roles ranging from an Olympic hopeful to an apocalypse survivor, an astronaut, a superhero’s father, and various Star Trek characters. However, his most cherished role was that of a family man. As a loving husband to his wife, Susan, and a proud father to his children Lilah and Kallum, Mitchell found immense joy in his family life.

In a touching statement, Mitchell’s family highlighted his dedication and hard work in all aspects of his life, particularly his role as a father. Despite the challenges brought on by his later disabilities, Mitchell remained committed to being a positive and playful force in the lives of his children.

Diagnosed with ALS in 2018, Mitchell courageously faced the progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. By 2019, he began using a wheelchair and publicly shared his health struggles in 2020. Reflecting on the impact of the diagnosis, Mitchell and his wife underwent a profound emotional journey of grief and acceptance.

Mitchell’s passing has deeply impacted the “Star Trek” community, where he portrayed multiple Klingon characters on “Star Trek: Discovery” and lent his voice to various roles in an episode of “Star Trek: Lower Decks.” The official statement from conveyed the condolences of the entire Star Trek family to Mitchell’s loved ones and fans around the world.

The entertainment industry mourns the loss of a talented actor, and fans come together to celebrate Mitchell’s legacy in the worlds he brought to life on screen. His impactful performances will undoubtedly play a significant role in the enduring legacy of “Star Trek” and the wider entertainment industry.

Let us cherish the memories of Kenneth Mitchell and the characters he brought to life, forever etched in our hearts.