“Star Trek” actor Kenneth Mitchell dead at 49 after ALS battle

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Actor Kenneth Mitchell, known for his work on “Star Trek,” died Saturday, according to He was 49.

Mitchell was diagnosed with ALS, a neurodegenerative disease, more than five years ago, according to a statement posted to his Instagram page. According to the statement, he faced “awful challenges” in those years.

“And in true Ken fashion, he managed to rise above each one with grace and commitment to living a full and joyous life in each moment,” the statement said. “He lived by the principles that each day is a gift and that we never walk alone.”

ELA, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, affects the nerve cells that make muscles work in both the upper and lower parts of the body, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The disease makes the nerve cells stop working and die. 

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