Stephanie Niznik is confirmed to have passed away at the age of 52 in Encino, California on June 23.
She is a Bangor native from Maine and had a dream to become a geneticist before taking majors in theater and Russian. She took Masters at California Institution of Arts and from then on, her career as an actress began. She first appeared in ‘Vanishing Son’ and ‘Murder She Wrote.’
She also had parts as a side character in ‘Nash Bridges’ and ‘Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman’. Her first recurring role was from 1998 in ‘Diagnosis Murder’ as Caitlin Sweeney. She was best remembered as Nina Feeney from the medical drama ‘Everwood’ and ‘Life is Wild.’ She had the chance to become a guest star in ‘Lost,’ ‘NCIS’ and ‘CSI: Miami.’
Star Trek diehard fans might remember her appearance as Trill Starfleet Ensign Kell Perim in ‘Star Trek: Insurrection’ and her return in an episode series of ‘Star Trek: Enterprise’ as the Wraith.
Aside from her acting career, Niznik is also known as quite the philanthropist who has volunteered for children and animal welfare. She also worked with Four Winds Heart-Centered Healing, a hypnotherapy center that focuses on relieving physical and emotional pain.
Niznik also owns two dogs, Nucleus and Jake and her surviving family members include her mother, stepfather, and a brother. So far, no cause of death has been revealed and her manager has been silent about it.