Star Trek Star Kenneth Mitchell Passes Away at 49 Following ALS Fight

( – Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a neurological disorder that always leads to paralysis and death. There is no cure. Sadly, an actor recently lost his life to the disease.

Kenneth Mitchell passed away on Saturday, February 24 at just 49 years old. Mitchell was born in Canada on November 25, 1974. He appeared in multiple movies and television shows throughout his career, including “Captain Marvel” and “Jericho.” He also appeared on many, many other shows as a guest, including “Flashpoint,” “Ghost Whisperer,” “Law and Order: LA,” “Criminal Minds,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” and the list goes on.

In recent years, the actor starred as Klingons Kol, Kol-Sha, Tenavik, and Aurelio on “Star Trek: Discovery.” According to, Mitchell sought to bring a “new perspective to Klingon culture” through his role as Kol. He spoke to the website in 2017 and said whether a person is “good or bad is all about perspective.” He continued, saying the audience would make that decision themselves when they got to know the Klingons through the show.

Mitchell also voiced multiple characters on the show “Star Trek: Lower Decks.”

The actor first spoke about his ALS diagnosis with PEOPLE in 2020. He said he was diagnosed with the disease in 2018, and as it took away his ability to use his muscles, he was forced to start using a wheelchair in 2019.

During the interview, Mitchell fought back tears and said he felt like he was in his own movie when he learned what was wrong with him. “It was just a complete disbelief, a shock,” he said. He vowed to use the rest of his life to help other people.

The actor’s X, formerly Twitter, account announced his death. The post stated that while television and film audiences knew him for his many roles, those near to him knew him as “a hope seeker, daydreamer, dream believer, soccer player, beach walker, bear hugger […] and more than anything else, a proud father.”

Mitchell is survived by his parents, siblings, wife, and two children.

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