Professional actor and photographer Aron Eisenberg, best known for his role as Nog on the sci-fi series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, has very sadly passed away at the age of 50. Eisenberg's wife Malíssa Longo confirmed the actor's passing on Facebook, although the cause of death has not yet been made clear. "It is with extreme regret and sadness to announce that my love and best friend, Aron Eisenberg, passed away earlier today," Longo writes in the touching Facebook post. "There will never be another light like Aron's. The beauty that he was and the legacy he leaves behind is beyond words. I love him dearly and will miss him eternally."
Born in Hollywood, California in 1969, you could say Aron Eisenberg was destined to be an actor. Unfortunately, his health problems began with his birth, as he was only born with one partially-functioning kidney. This limited the growth of his height to five feet, later requiring a kidney transplant at the age of 17. These issues would apparently follow Eisenberg all his life, as he was diagnosed with kidney failure in 2015. Distraught, Eisenberg had posted on Facebook about his need for a kidney transplant, leading to friend Beth Bernstein offering to donate one of hers. "She is just so incredibly selfless to give to me like this," Eisenberg said in 2015, expressing his gratitude.
Eisenberg began his acting career in the late '80s, primarily appearing in horror movies like The Horror Show, Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes, Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge, and Pterodactyl Woman from Beverly Hills. He had also appeared on a variety of TV shows, including Tales from the Crypt, The Wonder Years, and The Secret World of Alex Mack. Following his time as an actor, Eisenberg had also taken up work as a professional photographer, opening his own gallery and shooting portraits, landscapes, concerts, and more. Eisenberg also married his longtime girlfriend just last year when the two eloped in December 2018.
Certainly, Eisenberg's most well-known role is that of the Ferengi Nog on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. When the actor was first cast, he had no idea how long his tenure on the series would be, always feeling sure his next episode would be his last. However, due to the character's charisma, Nog stuck around for all seven seasons of the sci-fi series, with Eisenberg appearing in more than 40 episodes. Additionally, Eisenberg appeared without makeup as a news vendor in another episode, and later starred as the Kazon Kar in an episode of Star Trek Voyager.
More recently, Eisenberg had appeared in the TV show Blade of Honor and the fan film Star Trek: Renegades. His final acting credit was for the Eric Balfour movie Walk to Vegas. At this time, we send our condolences to Longo and the rest of Eisenberg's family and friends. We thank him for his contributions, and may he rest in peace. This news comes to us from StarTrek.com.