Devout Star Trek fans have been hit with a wave of grief. On Tuesday, January 8, news broke that the beloved William Morgan Sheppard had tragically passed away.
While the cause of death has yet to be released, from what we can gather, Sheppard had been battling an illness for some time. The 86-year-old actor’s son, Mark Sheppard, took to social media to announce the tearful news:
“We went to spend some time with my father today. Though he couldn’t speak, we held hands, he laughed, and was so happy to see us. We left and came home. A good day. He was rushed to [the] hospital and passed at 6:30 pm, my mother by his side. I am so grateful that he didn’t have to suffer any longer. Thank you for all of your kind thoughts, love, and prayers.”
Sheppard is most notably recognized for his brilliant work as Dr. Ira Graves “Star Trek: The Next Generation” episode titled “The Schizoid Man.” He later went on to appear in three other Star Trek films later on in his career. One of his final acting performances was when he played the older Canton Delaware III in Doctor Who.
While Sheppard lived a happy and successful life, he is sure to be missed by his friends, family, and passionate fans. He is survived by his wife, his son, Mark, and three beautiful grandchildren.
Please keep this family in your prayers in the coming weeks as they learn to navigate life without their patriarch by their side.