Kenneth Mitchell, ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Captain Marvel’ actor dies at 49 after ALS battle

Kenneth Alexander Mitchell, a Canadian actor best known for his major roles in Hollywood movies such as Star Trek: Discovery, died on Saturday at the age of 49  due to complications from AL. His family members released a statement on social media to confirm his demise.

A statement on the Captain Marvel’s star’s Instagram post read, “With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Kenneth Alexander Mitchell, beloved father, husband, brother, uncle, son and dear friend.”

The statement further added, “Ken was widely known as an actor in many films and television shows. He’s portrayed an Olympic hopeful, an apocalypse survivor, an astronaut, a superhero’s dad, and four unique Star Trekkers.”

Everything about ALS

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurological condition affecting nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. The condition slowly leads to loss of muscle control. ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, after the legendary baseball player who suffered from it. The specific cause of ALS is still unclear, despite ongoing studies, and some cases may be inherited, according to experts.

A heartfelt message on Mitchell’s official Instagram account reveals Ken’s fight with ALS for five and a half years. The statement reads,  “For five and a half years, Ken faced a series of awful challenges from ALS. And in truest Ken fashion, he managed to rise above each one with grace and commitment, to living a full and joyous life in each moment, he lived by the principals that each day is a gift and we never walk alone.”

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