“Star Trek” and “Marvel” actor Kenneth Mitchell dies at 49

(CNN) — Actor Kenneth Mitchell, who appeared in Marvel's “Star Trek: Discovery” and “Captain Marvel,” has died, his family announced in a statement. liberation This Sunday was shared on their verified social networks.

He is 49 years old.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Kenneth Alexander Mitchell, beloved father, husband, brother, uncle, son and dear friend,” a family statement said.

Mitchell was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 2018. He and his family have shared regular updates on his health in recent years. In August, Mitchell marked the fifth anniversary of her diagnosis in a post on Instagram.

“My brother joked that they don't actually have an ALS anniversary card. However, today I want to celebrate the gift of life. I'm so grateful to have this day in front of me. It's been 5. Long years “So much lost, so much gained. Incredibly difficult times, mixed with many blessings,” Mitchell wrote at the time. “At the center of it all are friends and family, caregivers and doctors who help my family over and over again. Giving support, love, care and encouragement. There is so much beauty in it. “This disease is absolutely horrible…but despite all the suffering, there is so much to be grateful for.”

Originally from Canada, Mitchell has over 50 film and television credits in her acting career. He played Carol Danvers' father in Marvel's “Captain Marvel” in 2019 and an Olympic hopeful in the 2004 hockey film “Miracle”. Mitchell has appeared in dozens of television series, including “Jericho,” “The Astronaut Wives Club” and “”. Changed at birth.”

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From 2017 to 2021, Mitchell starred as the Klingons Cole, Cole-Shaw and Tenavik and Aurelio on “Star Trek: Discovery.”

“Whether someone is good or bad has to do with perspective, and understanding that culture,” he said. StarTrek.com In 2017. “On our show they'll meet the Klingons, and then people can decide if we're really the villains.”

Beyond his roles as an actor, Mitchell was remembered by those close to him as “a seeker of hope, a daydreamer, a believer in dreams.” In her family's statement, they expressed their admiration for Mitchell's strength while living with the disease.

“Regardless of his later disabilities, Ken found a higher calling to be more fully present for his children,” they wrote. “For five and a half years, Ken faced a series of daunting challenges as a result of ALS. And in true Ken fashion, he overcame each one with grace and dedication to living a full and joyful life in every moment.”

Mitchell is survived by his wife Susan and two young children.

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