Captain Marvel actor dead at 49 years old

TORONTO, CANADA – The world of entertainment mourns the loss of Kenneth Mitchell, a celebrated actor recognized for his roles in “Star Trek: Discovery” and “Captain Marvel.” Mitchell’s life was tragically cut short on Saturday, at the age of 49, as confirmed by his family through a heartfelt Instagram post.

Mitchell’s demise followed a relentless 5 ½-year struggle with Lou Gehrig’s disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a degenerative disorder that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Despite the debilitating effects of his illness, Mitchell’s family highlighted his extraordinary resilience and unwavering commitment to embracing every moment of life with joy and grace.

Mitchell, a Toronto native born on November 24, 1974, rose to fame with his compelling portrayal of the Klingon characters Kol, Kol-Sha, and Tenavik, as well as Aurellio, in “Star Trek: Discovery.” He also made a mark with his role as Joseph Danvers in “Captain Marvel.” His diverse acting portfolio included a part in the hockey drama “Miracle” and guest appearances on hit TV shows like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “NCIS,” and “Criminal Minds.”

The “Star Trek” franchise paid a heartfelt tribute to Mitchell on its official website on Sunday, expressing profound sadness over his untimely death and extending their condolences to his loved ones and fans across the globe. Mitchell’s family remembered him as a “hope seeker,” “dream believer,” “beach walker,” and “garden grower,” but most importantly, as a “proud father.”

Mitchell leaves behind his wife, Susan, and their children, Lilah and Kallum. His family shared that Mitchell had wished for donations to be made to ALS research instead of receiving gifts.

In a poignant tribute shared by his family, Mitchell expressed his desire to be buried under a tree, symbolizing his wish to merge with nature and touch the night sky through the branches.