Actress Stephanie Niznit has died at the age of 52.
The actress, who was known for her work as Perim in Star Trek: Insurrection and as Nina Feeney in Everwood, passed away unexpectedly in Encino, Calif. on June 23. Her cause of death has not yet been revealed.
Niznik, a native of Bangor, Maine, also starred in the mystery-action series Vanishing Son and had recurring roles in Diagnosis Murder as well as a regular role in the short-lived family adventure drama series Life Is Wild. She also appeared in guest roles in some of TV's most popular dramas including Grey's Anatomy, CSI: Miami, and Lost.
Scott Wolf, who appeared as her on-screen love interest in Everwood, wrote of the news, "This is heartbreaking. She was so kind, and so fun to work with. I'm lucky to have known her. Rest In Peace Stephanie."
This is heartbreaking. She was so kind, and so fun to work with. I'm lucky to have known her. Rest In Peace Stephanie. https://t.co/UBCJ0yoT99— Scott Wolf (@scottwolf) July 13, 2019
Everwood's creator and showrunner, Greg Berlanti and Rita Mimoun, also issued a statement in the wake of the news, writing, "Everwood was more than just a television show. It was a family. We recently lost the mother of our tribe, Stephanie Niznik. Stephanie played Nina, the next door neighbor to Andy Brown, and the woman who helped raise his children as he struggled with being a single father. She continued that role off-screen by being an incredible friend, a nurturing mother figure to our younger cast members and an artist who brought warmth, compassion, and humor to every episode and our set. Everyone who was lucky to know and work with her will miss her dearly."
Sarah Drew, who also starred in the series, echoed that sentiment by writing, "We grew to be a tight knit community during our time on Everwood. Stephanie was a loving, open hearted friend and a bright light on set. I can't believe she is gone."
So Heartbroken to hear about the passing of Stephanie Niznik. We grew to be a tight knit community during our time on #everwood. Stephanie was a loving, open hearted friend and a bright light on set. I can't believe she is gone. ❤️🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻 https://t.co/uXKFle5q1z— Sarah Drew (@sarahdrew) July 14, 2019
Throughout the weekend, Niznik's friends and fans continued to offer words of tribute to the late actress.
An absolutely beautiful soul gone far too soon. So grateful to have met, worked with, and learned from such a strong, confident, kind, incredible woman. You will be so dearly missed Steph. 💔 pic.twitter.com/FZUy26qVyj— Vivien Cardone (@VivienECardone) July 13, 2019
She was unapologetically herself and so damn talented. I will remember her as kind. She was so kind. Please join me in sending a prayer her way. May God wrap her in an abundant amount of love and grace. 🙏🏼💔— justin baldoni (@justinbaldoni) July 14, 2019
Dear Duke friends, I'm sad to share that, according to her FB account, Stephanie Niznik passed away last week. Steph was the first person I connected with at Duke, and she was always kind to me. We performed in... https://t.co/d7KVNtYAa4— Christopher Pelham (@cpelham) July 6, 2019