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Aron Eisenberg, Nog on ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,’ dies at age 50

Aron Eisenberg on Day 2 of Creation Entertainment's Official Star Trek 50th Anniversary Convention at the Rio Hotel & Casino on Aug. 4, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nev. Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images

Aron Eisenberg, the American actor, filmmaker and photographer, died on Saturday. He was 50.

The entertainer was best known for his role on the popular Star Trek spin-off series, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993-1999), as the much-beloved Ferengi alien, Nog. He was present for all seven seasons of the show.

Throughout his life and career, Eisenberg appeared in a variety of different films and TV shows, including The Wonder YearsTales From the Crypt, The Secret World of Alex Mack and Star Trek: Voyager.

Eisenberg’s widow, Malissa Longo, confirmed her husband’s death in a lengthy Facebook post on Saturday evening.

Aron Eisenberg attends the premiere of CBS’s ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ at The Cinerama Dome on Sept. 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, Calif. David Livingston/Getty Images

“It is with extreme regret and sadness to announce that my love and best friend, Aron Eisenberg, passed away earlier today,” she wrote.

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His cause of death was not given.

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“While, our marriage, on paper, was a short one. Our hearts had been married for far longer,” said Longo.

She revealed that the couple had secretly wedded late last year and were hoping to later reveal the news with a large celebration.

“We didn’t officially announce that we had eloped on December 28th, 2018,” she wrote. “We were hoping to have a big shindig in celebration of our nuptials, but had to wait to save up the money.”

Eisenberg and Longo were married for less than nine months.

“There will never be another light like Aron’s,” wrote Longo. “The beauty that he was and the legacy he leaves behind is beyond words. I love him dearly and will miss him eternally.”

On Sunday morning, the official Star Trek website published an article further confirming Eisenberg’s passing and celebrating his life and career.

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“StarTrek.com is saddened to report the passing of Aron Eisenberg,” the site read.

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Furthermore, the popular website revealed that Eisenberg was diagnosed, again, with kidney failure. He underwent a second kidney transplant in late 2015.

The actor had his first operation at the age of 17. It stunted his growth. He was five feet tall.

Eisenberg reportedly spent four months on a waiting list before finding a match in his friend Beth Bernstein, who offered to donate her kidney after seeing a Facebook post he made about the operation.

“She is just so incredibly selfless to give to me like this,” Eisenberg told StarTrek.com shortly after the operation. “Words cannot express my gratitude to her.”

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In wake of the news, fans and close friends of Eisenberg took to social media to share some of their memories of the beloved star.

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Eisenberg was born in Los Angeles, Calif., on Jan. 6, 1969. He is survived by Longo and his two sons, as reported by Variety.

— With files from the Associated Press

adam.wallis@globalnews.ca
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