James Doohan, the burly chief engineer of the Starship Enterprise in the original “Star Trek” TV series and motion pictures who responded to the apocryphal command “Beam me up, Scotty,” died early Wednesday. He was 85.
Doohan died at 5:30 a.m. (1330 GMT) at his Redmond, Washington, home with his wife of 28 years, Wende, at his side, Los Angeles agent and longtime friend Steve Stevens said. The cause of death was pneumonia and Alzheimer’s disease, he said.
A company called Space Services Inc. will send the ashes into space. The Houston-based company teams with commercial launch organizations in offering memorial services. It also sent the ashes of “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry and drug guru Timothy Leary into space.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has planned a tribute Wednesday afternoon. Representatives will place flowers on Doohan’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star at 7021 Hollywood Blvd.