Kenneth Mitchell, ‘Star Trek’ & Marvel Actor, Dies at 49 After ALS Battle

Kenneth Mitchell, an actor known for his work on "Star Trek: Discovery," died Saturday at 49, five and a half years after being diagnosed with ALS.

An obituary posted by his family on his official Instagram noted, "Ken faced a series of awful challenges from ALS. And in truest Ken fashion, he managed to rise above each one with grace and commitment to living a full and joyous life in each moment. He lived by the principles that each day is a gift and that we never walk alone. His life is a shining example of how full one can be when you live with love, compassion, humour, inclusion, and community. Ken was an inspirational work of art to all the hearts he touched."

"Star Trek" legend Jonathan Frakes wrote, "One of the best RIP."

Actor Skeet Ulrich commented, "You will never ever be forgotten!! You are embedded in the hearts and minds of so many. You will always be an inspiration ???? All my love to you and your beautiful family ❤️❤️❤️."

Mitchell discovered he was battling ALS in August 2018. By October 2019, he was using a wheelchair — but he continued acting, including appearing in 2019's "Captain Marvel" as Joseph Danvers.

Born November 25, 1974, in Toronto, he made his TV debut in 2001 on the series "Leap Years."

He appeared on such shows as "Odyssey 5" (2002), "Grey's Anatomy" (2006), "CSI: Miami" (2006), "The Unit" (2006), "Ghost Whisperer" (2008-2009), "Bones" (2013), "NCIS" (2014), "The Astronaut Wives Club" (2015), "Frequency" (2016-2017), and "Nancy Drew" (2019-2020).

Mitchell made his film debut in the 2003 Al Pacino/Colin Farrell drama "The Recruit," and also acted in the films "Miracle" (2004), "Tennis, Anyone…?" (2005), "Home of the Giants" (2007), and "Blood Honey" (2017).

Along with his work on "Star Trek: Discovery" (2017-2021), he appeared on "Star Trek: Lower Decks" (2020).

His final screen work was on a 2020 episode of the Jeff Bridges series "The Old Man."

Mitchell is survived by his wife Susan May Pratt and their kids Lilah and Kallum, his parents, his brother, his in-laws, and his nieces and nephews.

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Christian Oliver’s Widow Opens Up About Fatal Crash: ‘Deeply Saddened’

Jessica Klepser, whose husband Christian Oliver perished with their two daughters in a plane crash on Thursday, is expressing her grief in a new statement that appeared on social media.

The statement, attributed to "Jessica Klepser and family," read, "We are deeply saddened by the tragic plane accident on January 4, 2024, which took the lives of our beloved family members. Our daughters, Madita (12), and Annik (10), along with their father Christian, were returning from a holiday in the Caribbean when the single-engine plane they were traveling in experienced engine trouble and fell into the ocean. Unfortunately, all four passengers on the small aircraft did not survive."
It went on, "Madita, a vibrant 7th-grade student at Louis Armstrong Middle School, was known for her lively spirit and excelled in academics, dance, singing, and performances. Annik, a 4th-grade student at Wonderland Ave Elementary School, was recognized for her gentle yet strong demeanor. She was always the first to offer a kind word or a comforting hug. Her passions included basketball, swimming, and various forms of art. The deep bond, infectious laughter, and adventurous spirit shared by Madita and Annik will be profoundly missed in their communities."
"Their devoted mother, Jessica Klepser in LA, survives the girls. They also leave behind their grandparents, several aunts, uncles, and cousins in Germany."
The statement asks for privacy, and urges anyone who wishes to donate money to use a GoFundMe that has been set up by comedian Sarah Silverman, a close family friend.

Oliver, 51, and his girls died along with pilot Robert Sachs while on a short flight to Saint Lucia.

The small plane plunged into the sea after taking off from J.F. Mitchell Airport on Bequia, the largest island that is part of the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean.

In a statement, the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force said, “Shortly after takeoff, the aircraft experienced difficulties and nose-dived into the ocean. Fishermen and divers from Paget Farm went to the scene of the incident in their boats to render assistance.”

All four bodies were recovered from the wreckage, but the cause of the plane crash is still under investigation.

Just days ago, Oliver posted his last Instagram, which was in celebration of the new year. He wrote, “Let Love Rule. Wishing all of you the best for 2024!”

Oliver made his acting debut as Brian Keller on a season of "Saved by the Bell: The New Class" in 1994. He appeared in the films The Good German” (2006) and “Valkyrie” (2008), and played Snake Oiler in 2008's “Speed Racer” (2008).

In 2020, he appeared on five episodes of the Al Pacino Nazi drama series "Hunters."

Oliver had wrapped production on his last film, “Forever Hold Your Peace,” just two weeks ago.

After hearing about his tragic death, his “Forever Hold Your Peace” co-star Bai Ling wrote on Instagram, “With tears in my eyes I cannot express the sorrow I felt when our direct Nick called me not long ago, that the plane he took had crashed , including his beautiful 2 daughters and the pilot had all passed! In the Caribbean‘s. He was having holidays.”

She added, “I just could not believe it is the truth, the last we worked filming in #hollywood was December 20th 2023, just right before Christmas. We supposed to have one day pick up shot tomorrow…. I cried cried , it was our first and last film together, I loved working with him so much.”

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