According to Variety, Stephanie Niznik, who came to prominence on Everwood as well as in Star Trek: Insurrection, passed away unexpectedly in Encino, California, on the 23rd of June. The actress was just 52-years-old at the time of her passing.
Hailing from Bangor, Maine, Stephanie originally wanted to be a geneticist before going on to graduate from the Duke University in theater as well as in Russian. While at California Arts, she obtained a master’s degree and also started working in Murder She Wrote as well as Vanishing Son.
Moreover, Stephanie worked on productions such as Diagnosis Murder, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, as well as Nash Bridges. During her time on Everwood, she portrayed the neighbor of Nina Feeney. She also had roles in CSI: Miami, Lost, as well as Life Is Wild.
Following her time on Star Trek: Insurrection, in which she characterized Trill Starfleet Ensign Kell Perim, the star went back to the same sci-fi universe to star as Wraith in Rogue Planet, as well as another episode of the show, Star Trek: Enterprise.
In addition to working as an actress, Niznik helped out other philanthropic causes, including Four Winds Heart-Centered Healing. Stephanie left behind her dogs, Nucleus and Jake; an aunt and uncle; a niece and several nephews, as well as a mother, step-father, and a brother and sister-in-law.
Stephanie isn’t the only small-screen star to pass away this year. Luke Perry, formerly the star of Beverly Hills: 90210, died after suffering a massive stroke.
Prior to his death, Luke – who had a role in the Archie Comics-inspired show, Riverdale – explained that his character was easy to portray because he was just a man who cared about his children, which he also is in real life.
Funeral and memorial service details haven’t been revealed by Stephanie’s family yet, but sources claim it’ll likely be a private ceremony. It also hasn’t been revealed how Niznik died either. Since her death was announced, multiple fans, especially those of Star Trek, came out to express their condolences.