Actor Kenneth Mitchell Dies at 49

( – Star Trek fans are mourning the death of Kenneth Mitchell, who lost his battle with ALS on March 2. The 49-year-old was diagnosed five years ago with the disease, which is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. In an Instagram post, his family wrote that ALS had caused many challenges for him, but that he made it through those challenges “with grace and commitment to living a full and joyous life.” The post also included a list of how he was known to the people he was closest to during his life.

He was described as someone who loved to walk on the beach, plant a garden, play soccer, explore nature, and give gifts, among many other descriptions. One of his favorite things to do was laugh, according to his family. He was survived by his wife, actress Susan May Pratt, and the two children they shared. Mitchell and Pratt met on the set of a Showtime series and married five years later. In honor of Mitchell, the family started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for children who were struggling after losing their father. As of March 5, over $109,000 was donated, exceeding the $100,000 goal.

On Star Trek: Discovery, Mitchell played the role of Klingons Kol, as well as Kol-Sha and Tenavik. In one episode of Star Trek: Lower Decks, he was the voice of multiple characters. He began his acting career in the 2004 Disney film “Miracle.” He played various roles on CBS television shows, including Jericho and Ghost Whisperer. He played guest roles in several other shows, including The Mentalist, Criminal Minds, and Code Black. He kept working on Star Trek: Lower Decks after his diagnosis.

During a 2020 interview with SyFy Wire, he recalled having trouble going down a flight of stairs on the set. He added that it was the last time he remembered being able to walk, but that it was a “pretty damn special” memory.

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