It is with deep sadness that we report that actor Aron Eisenberg died last night. His wife, Malissa Longo, posted the tragic news along with this moving tribute on Facebook.
We don’t yet know the cause of death, but Eisenberg has had two kidney transplants. Friends and family are raising money to help offset the costs of his funeral.
We are raising money to help offset any funeral costs that Aron's wife @Malissa_Longo may incur during this difficult time. Please help by donating. If you cannot donate but would like to help, please share the link.
— Megan Elise (@MeganElise0_0) September 22, 2019
Eisenberg played Nog on all seven seasons of Deep Space Nine, and guest-starred as a young Kazon in the Voyager episode “initiations.” He also hosted two video podcasts about the series, one with Voyager‘s Garrett Wang and Big Brother‘s”Evel Dick” Donato, and another with his DS9 buddy Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisko) called The 7th Rule. He was also a talented photographer, and a devoted husband and father.
His friends and colleagues mourned his passing on Twitter.
Aron Eisenberg's wife Malissa wrote a beautiful, moving tribute honoring Aron. It sums up how those of us who were privileged to be his friend feel about Aron. Yes, Malissa, his was a unique light that will never be extinguished. Aron rests now Malissa. May the Lord comfort you.
— Robert Beltran (@robertbeltran74) September 22, 2019
Very sad to hear of the passing of my Star Trek brother Aron Eisenberg. Found this video from @DragonCon 2016 that I took of him doing what he loved to do: entertain fans. I will remember him most for his humor and sharp wit. Rest In Peace Aron. You will be missed pic.twitter.com/H9QBEFQpAD
— Garrett Wang (王 以 瞻) (@GarrettRWang) September 22, 2019
I have lost a great friend and the world has lost a great heart @AronEisenberg He was a man of conviction and enormous sensitivity and the best of humanity. Kitty and I grieve for Aron, his boys, and Malissa. Flights of angels my friend…you will be missed. There are no words… https://t.co/Q18yIVeZEe
— Armin Shimerman (@ShimermanArmin) September 22, 2019
As we got out of the car tonight, Armin looked up and saw a meteor streaking through the sky. I believe it was Aron lighting the world one more time. https://t.co/84fLujwcIw
— Kitty Ann Swink (@KitSwink) September 22, 2019
Heartbreaking news. #DS9’s @AronEisenberg has passed away. Aron delt with health issues his whole life but never let that stop him from living it to the fullest. He was a talented actor and a wonderful person. He will be greatly missed. https://t.co/ShMWZbNCy0
— Robert Hewitt Wolfe (@writergeekrhw) September 22, 2019
@AronEisenberg was a friend of mine. Tonight it’s hard to think of anything else except maybe to be reminded that all we have is each other to hold on to, to see us through, to give meaning to our lives. It’s going to be a long night.
— Ira Steven Behr (@IraStevenBehr) September 22, 2019
This sweet spirit. I knew all this to be absolutely true. One of the bravest people I knew. I am devastated. Sending love to everyone who loved him and his family. https://t.co/7VFYFR2qkY
— Nana Visitor (@NanaVisitor) September 22, 2019
Dear Aaron, I will miss our playful spirited bantering and I will miss our deep conversations. I will miss your kind and loving self, thank you for our friendship. RIP. ❤️
— Terry Farrell (@4TerryFarrell) September 22, 2019
Our beloved friend and brother, Aron Eisenberg, has passed away today. Please keep his wife, Malissa, and family in your thoughts and send them all your love. He will be missed more than anything- his heart, his laugh, his smile- and we cherish every single moment we had with him pic.twitter.com/gRurjuIshy
— The 7th Rule: A Podcast (@7thRule) September 22, 2019
Rest in Paradise, Aron. You were a gem amongst a universe full of coal. Thank you for making me feel like family from day one. Conventions will never be the same without you to make me laugh and play pranks on Cirroc… https://t.co/aIxOkpKXiD
— Hana Hatae (@HanaHatae) September 22, 2019
I have just learned of Aron’s untimely passing. I have to catch my breath. Aron was such a pure, sweet soul and gifted artist. He was a dedicated collaborator and friend. My condolences and love to his wife and family.
— Rene Auberjonois (@reneauberjonois) September 22, 2019
Today I shed so many tears for a friend who always made me smile. Our #startrekfamily has lost a bright light. Aron, you touched the hearts of so many with your warmth, talent, humor & incredible spirit. I will carry the smiles & laughs with me always. Safe journey, my friend 💫 pic.twitter.com/8z81gW3CrU
— Nicole deBoer (@Nikki_deboer) September 22, 2019
We are aching and sorry more than words can ever say. Rest In Peace, @AronEisenberg. We will always love you and Nog💔
We love you, Malissa. You are family, and you always will be🙏 https://t.co/yaOXTNbeAy
— Chase Masterson (@ChaseMasterson) September 22, 2019
I am shocked and heartbroken that we have lost this amazing human being. RIP my friend. https://t.co/eowBoATaOz
— Marina Sirtis (@Marina_Sirtis) September 22, 2019
My heart is heavy as I share this. Always smiling, caring and selfless, Aron was always a treat to see. I will miss him. My love to his beautiful family… https://t.co/TQyp7GVgX6
— Denise Crosby (@TheDeniseCrosby) September 23, 2019
THANK YOU, MR. EISENBERG, FOR YOUR HUMANITY INSIDE AND OUT OF CHARACTER. WISHING YOU A MOST PEACEFUL AND PROFITABLE JOURNEY TO THE DIVINE TREASURY OF FERENGI LORE. pic.twitter.com/zytqbHhta0
— Bryan Fuller (@BryanFuller) September 22, 2019
'Star Trek: DS9' actor Aron Eisenberg, who played Nog, dead at 50, rep https://t.co/dKZMuWMn1d. Bless his sweet soul🖖🏾
— Jonathan Frakes (@jonathansfrakes) September 22, 2019
Very sad news. Aron was a kind soul, a great colleague and a beloved member in our @StarTrek family. My condolences to his family and loved ones. https://t.co/r65y2OVQGT
— Robert Picardo (@RobertPicardo) September 22, 2019
I had the short but sweet pleasure of first meeting Aron at last year’s STLV. Like many others, I am shocked and saddened by this news. He immediately struck me as a lovely, open-hearted, kind, joyful man. I send my best thoughts to his wife and children. https://t.co/cca1FeK8lo
— Anthony Rapp (@albinokid) September 22, 2019
Sweet, sweet Aron. Thank you for your kindness and tremendous talent. Sending love to @Malissa_Longo and everyone who was lucky enough to be touched by this man’s goodness.
— Mary Chieffo (@marythechief) September 22, 2019
I hadn’t heard. 😞I am sorry to hear of this he was young. Condolences to his wife Malíssa & family. https://t.co/uBtzqZK9yM
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) September 22, 2019
Remembering our friend and colleague, Aron Eisenberg, who left us yesterday (Saturday) at age 50. You inspired us with your optimism and your belief in a better tomorrow for all.https://t.co/cvc8ADOJCC
— Michael Okuda (@MikeOkuda) September 22, 2019
Love to all your family and friends and to all the fans who loved you Aron 💔 https://t.co/br7NVVONZl
— Jonathan Del Arco (@JonathanDelArco) September 22, 2019
So sorry to hear this.
RIP, Aron. https://t.co/dvtS2h3zYg
— Jeri Ryan (@JeriLRyan) September 22, 2019
My thoughts are with @AronEisenberg’s family and friends. In the short time I’ve been a member of this #StarTrek family, it became clear what a force Aron was and will remain and how much he is loved by all he encountered. He welcomed us so fully and laughed with us heartily. RIP https://t.co/MbUVuO1nfL
— Wilson Cruz (@wcruz73) September 22, 2019
Aron Eisenberg 1969~2019.
Heartbroken to hear of the young passing of this esteemed member of the Star Trek family from Deep Space Nine. The few times I met him, he was such a huggy, smiley bundle of joy and energy.
May angels guide him home as he boldly goes.#AronEisenberg #RIP pic.twitter.com/aI7ZRz5f9i
— Doug Jones (@actordougjones) September 23, 2019
So sad to hear about the passing of the wonderful and talented @aroneisenberg. Years ago we all had the good fortune to be guests at a convention in Paris together and always enjoyed his company every time I’ve seen him since. Sacre bleu! https://t.co/nRTXYIVkRU
— Mark A. Altman (@markaaltman) September 22, 2019
Such sad news. Aron expertly portrayed one of the most emotional character journeys in Trek. We just lost a kind, talented guy.https://t.co/Sad8YH4jUo
— Mike McMahan (@MikeMcMahanTM) September 22, 2019
Way too soon. Way too young. This one hurts. Rest In Peace @AronEisenberg. pic.twitter.com/4LeooyhRjH
— John Van Citters (@jvancitters) September 22, 2019
He was a wonderful human being, taken from us far too soon.
RIP Aron Eisenberg, 1969-2019. https://t.co/ArJNln6U33
— Dayton Ward (@daytonward) September 22, 2019
Just waking up to the heartbreaking news of @AronEisenberg's passing. It was amazing to work with him this year on artwork for @7thRule and I'm so sad he's gone. He was generous, incredibly enthusiastic, and very kind every step of the way. Thinking of him and his family today. pic.twitter.com/FiRrWeQkDF
— J.J. LendL (@JJLendl) September 22, 2019
And now to this #startrek generation, a shock to us all: #RIPAronEisenberg! Heartbreaking, but what a renaissance in recent years with his podcasts & his passion forever preserved now in the @DS9Doc. ❤️ to Malissa and his family—and the Trek/#DS9 family/fans too. #GreatRiver
— Larry Nemecek (@larrynemecek) September 22, 2019
To honour our friend @AronEisenberg
Any purchases made on our Teepublic store for the next 3 days we will be donating any revenue earned to his GoFundMe to help offset his funeral costs.
So please help us help his family in this difficult time. https://t.co/I2CWMGRDPo pic.twitter.com/tjcXeHWAzS
— Treksphere.com (@Treksphere) September 22, 2019
Aron’s last post on Instagram:
We extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends. Aron, you will be missed.
*salutes* What can be said? He was young…
~Pensive’s Wetness (retired)
Aron Eisenberg did a masterful job of portraying Nog. The character started out as an annoying child and grew into a complex and rich young adult. It was a fusion of great writing and acting.
From reading his wife and others’ posts he was a beloved person in real life and made the world a better place. Condolences to his family and friends.
He was a young man who wanted to overcome his own failings and the limitations of his society to do better and be better.
Nog was what Star Trek was about.
Nog had one of the most satisfying character arcs of the entire series. Your observation is spot on—that the show was well written is undeniable, but Aron took what could’ve been a throwaway bit-part in one episode, made it his own, and breathed life into a character who became beloved by fans of the series.
Very sad, but unfortunately not entirely unexpected. I’m no doctor but from what I understand, the problem with very little people is that the internal vital organs don’t have enough space and are easily damaged, leading to early organ failure and/or tremendous pain, often ending in suicide.
The little guy who was in The Man With the Golden Gun or the actor who played Mini-Me in the Austin Powers movies come to mind.
I believe it was actually an auto accident.
WRONG, dude you didn’t even read the article. He has suffered from health issues. He is also not a little person. He suffered from the same problem that Gary Colman had with his kidney’s. Lived to about the same age and height.
He was 4’11”. I am 5″ and am not classified as a “little person”. Being short means you’re short. Being a little person means you have a genetic condition.
“Little People of America (LPA) defines dwarfism as a medical/genetic condition that usually results in an adult height of 4’10” or shorter among both men and women although, in some cases, a person with a dwarfing “condition” may be slightly taller than that…”
Just fyi. :)
He’d have a place in my heart just for the improv ‘dance’ Nog did with Jadzia, but on top of that, everything I ever heard about the guy was that he seemed ‘aces’ in all ways. Kudos to treksphere, whatever it is, for their offer (guess I’ll have to check it out.)
My heart aches to hear this.
After the kidney transplants, it had seemed, at least in the public sphere, that Aron was stronger.
But I know that the strongest among those with long term health challenges push forward in the face of pain and illness. That will to go forward and not give in to how circumstance could define his life seemed to be a common thread between the actor and Nog the character that he played.
I’ve checked out his social media over recent years. His presence was thoughtful and grounded in values. The sincere sorrow of those who worked with Aron, reflects the integrity that he presented.
Too soon indeed.
That was lovely, @TG47.
This is very sad news. The universe of Trek has lost another star; the world has lost another sensitive soul.
My deepest condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.
RIP — and thank you for a wonderful character who had something real to say
Garak may have been my favorite recurring character on DS9, but Nog was a close second and Aron himself was at the top of the list of my favorite actors on the show. I never had the opportunity to meet him in person, but in every interview I’ve seen he was always so charming and articulate, and always seemed to just be so grateful to be a part of the series.
Only 50. I’m almost 6 years older. I think I need to go hug my partner right now. RIP Aron. If a kind heart and generosity of spirit count for anything, the Blessed Exchequer has surely welcomed you into the Divine Treasury.
Such a talented actor and a really nice human soul. Gone far too early. RIP brother. ❤️
Eisenberg’s acting was a major part of the appeal of DS9.
Eisenberg, Armin Shimmerman, Rene Aberjonois, J.G. Hertzler, Jeffery Combs… It’s the character actors that did the heavy lifting for that more (than TNG) character-driven show.
So sad to hear this, his character and journey was one of the best of Star Trek. I think he would have been happy to know how many people will always remember him for the rest of their lives. We’ve lost another part of our family. May he say hi to Gene, DeForrest, Majel, Leonard, Jimmy Doohan and Grace Lee Whitney.
It’s sad he’s gone but beautfitul how many lives he touched, and he seemed like a really great guy. It just goes to show how big, strong and loving the Trek family is to see the world react the way it has. Rest in power.
So sad. Love Nog. A character that started off annoyingly and grew to be such an icon. Cant believe he is gone at only 50 years.
Very sad news. He was too young to go. Condolences to his family and friends. RIP, Aron.
Just read of this on Yahoo. What a shame, he was so young.
Very sad, I will always appreciate his hard work to entertain myself and my family. Sad for his family.
This is terrible news. I am grieving a loss myself recently. I agree that Nog had a wonderful character arc and that Aron took a small part and made it his own — by the end of the series Nog was every bit as much senior staff as Cisco, O’Brien, Jadzia, and the others. And while I never otherwise cared for Vic Fontaine, “It’s Only a Paper Moon” is a classic. My condolences to Aron’s family and friends.
As a PTSD sufferer, I got to tell Mr. Eisenberg how much the episode of DS9 that dealt with that meant to me.
He stopped what he was doing, shook my hand and asked if I was ok. When I said that I was, he thanked me profusely for watching the show.
I help a vendor out at STLV every year and his booth is always near Mr. Eisenberg’s table.
You could always hear his booming voice and hearty laugh.
STLV 2020 will be a little quieter next year.
Boldy Go, Aron…. Boldly Go…
He portrayed Nog in Deep Space Nine and Star Trek Online. It was a blast playing besides Captain Nog. Aron will be missed by Star Trek fans worldwide. RIP
I can’t believe this. I saw it on CNN. It’s a shock he’s gone so soon. I’ll echo what many have already said but he seem like such a great guy and he had one of the most sincere heartfelt exchanges in What We Left Behind discussing his time on DS9. I almost choke up when he talks about it.
His character on the show went from a two dimensional unlikable person to one of the most inspired in the whole franchise. I love Nog and more importantly Aron Eisenberg’s portrayal. He will be missed.
Funny, I rewatched probably his best episode of the show, “It’s Only a Paper Moon” last month. Looks like I’ll be watching it again.
Even though he was a small stature actor , he cast a large presence for his fans . One that brought warmth and respect in all he offered us from his ability , dedication and friendship . Safe journey to the stars and beyond , Aron .
So sad for the goodbye, but THRILLED by the joy we experienced from his life. He was(IS!) a treasure.
Wow so sad to hear that Eisenberg passed away so suddenly and at such a young age. His portrayal of Nog was masterfully done. Aron obviously cherished his work on Star Trek and the chance to meet fans at events like STLV. Also, I was very heartened to see the Star Trek fandom has responded so very positively to the Gofundme initiative. RIP Aron.
It’s nice to see that the GoFundMe has exceeded its goal. Please consider a donation if you have the means….
THIS REALLY, REALLY SUCKS! GREAT GUY!
Another gem is lost. He owned his role, and Nog will forever be a Star Trek legend. I did not know he was suffering from kidney problems… Perhaps we should start naming newly discovered exo-planets after lost Star Trek characters?
Absolutely heartbreaking, he always seemed like a genuinely good person, not just putting it on for the fans, but genuinely good.
I don’t think I can match the eloquence of many other commenters here — much has already been said beautifully — but Aron Eisenberg clearly made a huge positive impact on people who knew him. The brightest flames sometimes blaze for the shortest time; this happens far too often in life.
To echo what others have said, Aron did a phenomenal job portraying Nog’s transformation from Jake’s goofy teenage friend to a fiercely dedicated Starfleet bridge officer that you can absolutely believe was on the command track. Many wonderful scenes too: Nog with the earpiece acting as the communications intermediary between Sisko and the rest of the Defiant; the PTSD episode; the Visitor; the baseball card episode; Nog’s “respect” scenes with Martok. Many, many more.
As a tribute to Aron, perhaps the Picard show could include one of the main characters mentioning “Captain Nog” having heroically saved thousands/millions of lives (maybe during the Romulan rescue mission, for example). It should be pretty easy to insert a single sentence of dialogue in this way; I’m sure Patrick Stewart or Jeri Ryan would be happy to do it.
My condolences to Aron’s family and friends. May his memory be a blessing.
Even with principal photography over, it would be easy to add that kind of mention of Nog via looping or for a log entry. That’s a great idea, Jai.
Make it so…
Well said , Jai !
he was just super nice and he loved trek so much… saw him at the ds9 screening of the new doc and was so enthusiastic about that and trek that it was infectious. watching him and cirroc together and still being friends and doing a podcast together was a blast… this is so sad. i think this is the biggest trek death in the modern trek era of a major actor on a show… from tng and beyond…
There is Anton Yelchin. And Majel Barrett was in several hundred episodes in the Berman era.
i knew someone was gonna do that… i’m very aware of those… i wasn’t thinking it was a competition but majel is still original trek… she’s the queen of trek… if roddenberry’s the king… and while anton was a sad tragedy and he was terrific he was just a small part in 2 movies… plus i said a major actor on a show… anton was not on a show… and majel was terrific as lwaxana but she did only a few (no her voice work doesnt count for me) and wouldn’t be considered a major cast member to tng… lots of guest actors or crew members have died but many would rank aron’s work as nog as significant in ds9… again it’s not a competition… looking at series characters from tng on this is the biggest loss
Sure, he’s the first by the incredibly narrow definition of guest actors who played the same role in more than 9 episodes not counting voice work.
he’s the first of any regular and major recurring since the late 80s… yes… i’m very proud of you… his spirit must be looking down with joy
Shocking when one passes so very young.
Condolences from another fan.
..with all the rumors and facts floating around about ST:Picard, one was either he wanted to appear or was actually going to be Captain Nog. It is never easy losing any of our Trek family.
A true gentleman. Sadly missed.
We lost Sid Haig, the First Lawgiver of Return of the Archons today.
I met him once at a Trek convention in Philadelphia. Real nice guy, very approachable and seemed to genuinely enjoy meeting and chatting with fans. I loved his character on DS9, Nog was the perfect compatriot for Jake Sisko.
He will be missed! RIP Aron.
The GoFundMe site has been reopened. Please consider a small donation.
An Admin at the DS9 Facebook page has posted the following:
“Like many of you, we as admins have wondered what happened to Aron. A variety of rumors have circulated in the past days. But now we have official confirmation of what happened.
As many of you know, Aron loved soccer and enjoyed coaching a kids soccer team. It seems that as he walked off the field, he collapsed and was taken to the hospital in critical condition. His death was not due to his well known kidney issues but was a heart attack.”
I didn’t know Aron coached a kids soccer team, but do find it appropriate that he was doing something he loved and found great joy in.
That’s really sad and scary.
Just goes to show that one can never know what tomorrow will bring. Life can be so cruel and unexpected sometimes. RIP.
Heartfelt condolences to all his family.
Warp Speed Ahead, and Thank You, Mr. Eisenberg. 🖖
I thought this was nice. There is a petition to get a Nog statue in the Picard show:
I don’t think it will happen, but it would be nice to have something done.
I’m not sure that that would make sense. We’re all sad that Aron is dead, but Nog is just a normal guy in-universe. He probably isn’t even dead. Unless they visit Ferenginar, and Rom has had a statue built of his son, I don’t really see it making sense for there to be a statue of him. Plus, filming has finished on season 1.
I think it would make a lot of sense. He was the first Ferengi in Starfleet, that alone would earn him a statue. And if they made this season 8 episode 1 of the DS9 doku semi canon, he also would have died in the line of duty. Sure thing he would get a statue.
There are hundreds of species in Starfleet. We’ve never seen statues of Worf, or of any other Starfleet officer. Unless Nog saved the galaxy or something, I can’t see them making a statue of him. I also can’t really see them making the DS9 documentary stuff semi-canon.
If they use story points from the documentary they may need to pay royalties/give writing credit to the DS9 writers from the documentary because this wasn’t made by CBS.
In theory, they could add a statue to a scene during post-production even with principle photography finished. Whether it makes sense is another question. There haven’t been a lot of statues commemorating Starfleet heroes in Trek before. Either Starfleet isn’t big on statues or we just haven’t seen them, yet.
They made a lot of fuss about the one of Zefram Cochrane.
Zefram Cochrane was the founder of their civilization. He has a near mythical status in the Federation. Nog was just a normal Starfleet officer who happened to be a Ferengi.
he was unique, alongside spock, worf and data as the first of their kind to join starfleet so he deserves recognition.
and it just be nice to do in honor of aron.
Re: he deserves recognition
But why does the fictional character Nog suddenly deserve a statue over the others that you cited who the Federation has yet to see fit to immortalize in stone?
@tony Spock wasn’t the first Vulcan in Starfleet, T’Pol was. Worf wasn’t the first Klingon in Starfleet, Voq was. It’s not likely Data was the first Android either.
Re: Data was the first [Starfleet] Android either.
That would be Norman. Although I, MUDD doesn’t establish how legitimate his assignment to the Enterprise was. It may have been as phony as KT Carol Marcus’ or he may have Questor’ed his way through Starfleet Academy. It was never investigated on screen as to how Norman managed it.
I thought about Norman, but given the events of I, Mudd and The Escape Artist it seems that Harry discovered the planet much earlier than previously believed. Like before he ever met Kirk. He had a ship full of Android duplicates of himself, and was selling them to bounty hunters looking to turn him in for the Federation’s bounty on him (100K Credits), his buyers were unaware of course. This followed the events of Magic to Make The Sanest Man Mad, as the last charge on his bounty was “penetrating a space whale”, ie the space going creature he used to get aboard Discovery with his Time Crystal. He made 60 strips of Latinum for each sale, I’m not sure the exchange rate of Latinum to Credits but his buyers thought it was a fair cut, so I assume 20 to 40 K Credits each sale, possibly 50.
All those factors considered Mudd certainly had the capacity and time to both plant an Android with a false Starfleet personnel file, and send an Android to Starfleet Academy. However without the need to obtain a ship full of people for the Androids why would he send Norman to the Academy?
So while I can’t say for sure that Norman wasn’t genuinely commissioned I am leaning towards not. Still, we could someday find out about yet another that served at some time before Data. Don’t forget that when Riker met Data and asked him about being an Android he then assumed that Data’s rank was honorary, implying a Starfleet standard procedure for Androids to serve.
Then too, in the Kelvin Timeline, there is Science Officer 0718 (Joseph Gatt in STID). His official origin is that an alien intelligence inhabited the Enterprise and grew itself a body, when the ship was later threatened with destruvction it sacrificed its mind to save the ship, leaving a vacant body. Spock then programmed a new intelligence, and he became a member of the crew. So in the Kelvin Timeline at least Data isn’t the first.
Re: why would he [Mudd] send Norman to the Academy?
Because HE didn’t send Norman anywhere. Norman sent himself out to investigate Harry’s claims that humans would be suitable for Norman and his kind to “serve.” as replacements for their original creators who, if I recall correctly, abandoned Norman and his ilk because they couldn’t stand their smothering care’s suffocation.
In this scenario, Norman would’ve enrolled in the academy so that he could learn all he could about humans to better determine their suitability for the role he intended for 400 or so of them to play in his “world’s” need to serve.
Although, I must say that since Norman was unique, i.e. he had no duplicate and was the linchpin to all the other androids on his world, I did find it puzzling that he found it logical to risk his irreplaceable self in an off-world mission – even one that might have been solely limited to infiltrating the Enterprise?
Re: he deserves recognition
But why does the fictional character Nog suddenly deserve a statue over the others, equally deserving of recognition, that you cited who the Federation has yet to see fit to immortalize in stone (The only statuary that I recall was for Data from a non-Federation civilization and then there was that collector who was planning to blisterpack him?)
An ephemeral fictional Nog statue doesn’t honor Aron, at best it might honor the writer who created the character to whom Aron lent his likeness. If we truly want to honor Aron we do that by putting his actual name on something with a little more substance and permanence than a CGI statue where it doesn’t even appear.
I’m sorry but to me, this just comes off sounding irrational, like fans planning to raise funds for Aron’s grave marker by having it be solely a Nog grave marker.
‘you told him about the statue?’
This is just one of those things about Trek fans that I find both endearing about them in their motivations while simultaneously being repulsed by the turning away from their normal hyper-rationalism towards blurring the lines between the fictional roles that the actors portrayed and the very real lives that those same actors, real people all, led.
I’m sorry, but a fictional statue to Nog is NOT equivalent to a real statue to a very deserving Aron Eisenberg that honors the real life he led and the real lives he touched. Worse, it is very difficult to see how killing off a fictional character for no other reason than because Aron died, honors anyone?
They may have a memorial wall at Starfleet HQ or Academy , that Nog could be on ?
Have only just heard this very sad news today (30 Sep) which was quite a shock.
Can only really echo all of the previous comments and say what a truly great job Mr Eisenberg did in portraying the role of Nog. In a show which placed so much emphasis on character, his arc had perhaps the most development and growth of anyone.
So nice to see just what he meant to everyone who knew him in real life too.
RIP Aron. Thanks for everything.
In addition to what countless fans have said, you can tell he was a gentle and kind soul just by looking in his eyes. He will be missed by millions and I can’t think of a greater tribute to the man. Rest in peace.
He will be missed, I am glad I got to talk with him a few times that the Vegas convention. Even got a photo op with him and Max in makeup & costume one year.