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Star Trek actress Celeste Yarnall passes away aged 74

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Celeste Yarnall, who was best known for her role as Yeoman Martha Landon in Star Trek, has sadly passed away aged 74 after a "long struggle" with ovarian cancer. The star passed away at her home in California on Sunday, and her husband, Nazim, paid tribute to her, telling Fox News: "She was pure love and pure light. This was her essence. She was a source of good. She was always for the betterment of humanity, especially women. She was very much a trailblazer in women's empowerment. She was a spectrum of things."

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Celeste passed away on Sunday

He added: "I'm just so inconsolable. She was my everything." Posting a statement on Facebook, he added: "Her brilliant radiance, always a force for the greater good in her life, will beam in all eternity. I as her husband, her twin flame, her sacred other held her close as her divine butterfly wings began to flutter and taker flight. She was my multi-verse and will remain so forever." Fans of the star offered their condolences, with one writing: "I am so very sorry. Dear Nazim you have been so incredibly wonderful, I really thought Celeste would pull through. Mike and I send our most heartfelt condolences. The world has lost a shining light," while another person added: "That is very sad! I hope it was peaceful for her. Sincerest condolences to all her family and friends."

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Celeste also starred opposite Elvis Presley in Live a Little, Love a Little, and previously spoke about the musician's love of Star Trek, telling Sky Arts: "Elvis was a Star Trek fan. He even had a horse named Star Trek. First day on set, Elvis gave me the biggest hug, and he said, 'I just couldn't wait to meet you. I knew you were coming. And I know you from Star Trek.' We became very, very dear friends and very close very quickly." Celeste's final film role was a cameo appearance in Star Trek: Of Gods and Men, a Star Trek fan mini=series, which was released in 2007.

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