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Star Trek’s Barbara March dies age 65 after ‘cruel battle with cancer’

Star Trek’s Barbara March has died aged 65 after a ‘cruel battle with cancer’.

The actress was best known as her role as Lursa, one-half of the sisters of the Klingon House of Duras, and appeared in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek Generations.

Barbara’s husband Alan Scarfe confirmed the news of her passing in a statement shared on Facebook on Monday, which read: ‘My beloved Barbara, my partner in all things for more than forty years, passed through eternity’s gate yesterday evening after a cruel battle with cancer.

‘She was wise and compassionate and beautiful and her brilliance, kindness and perspicacity touched many.

‘Her stage performances as the Duchess of Malfi at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, Isabella in Measure for Measure at Canada’s Stratford Festival, Desdemona, Titania, Lady Macbeth, Ruth in The Homecoming and Rowena in The Gayden Chronicles were without equal and a vast audience will continue to marvel at her portrayal of Lursa of the House of Duras on Star Trek.’

The post continued: ‘She was also an accomplished author, artist and poet. Her screen adaptation of her novella The Copper People will soon, I hope, be produced, as will her plays, The Razing of Charlotte Bronte (also available in Italian in a fine translation by Chandani Alesiani) and a comic satire, Pinteresque.

‘She was a fountain of original ideas and possessed a unique depth of understanding. Tosia and Rick and Jon and I and all her family and friends will miss her terribly.

‘But now, I know, she is truly free to dance.’

Tributes have poured in for Barbara with Star Trek’s official Twitter account addressing the devastating news.

‘We’re saddened to report the passing of Barbara March, who made her mark on the #StarTrekUniverse with her memorable performances as the fierce Klingon, Lursa,’ they wrote.

Star Trek executive producer Bryan Fuller, said: ‘SAFE JOURNEY TO STO’VO’KOR AND BEYOND, BARBARA MARCH.’

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