Actor Aron Eisenberg gets a torchlight vigil in Star Trek Online

    
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He had the lobes for it.

The Star Trek fandom was shocked to learn that Aron Eisenberg passed away on Sunday, September 22nd. Eisenberg was best known among fans for portraying Nog on Deep Space Nine, going from what amounted to family help at his uncle Quark’s bar to being a Starfleet officer by the end of the series. In Star Trek Online he made it even further, with Captain Nog making appearances in the game (and, as always, voiced by Eisenberg). And as is the custom, fans turned out to celebrate the loss of a member of the crew.

A torchlight vigil was organized and hosted in Quark’s bar on Deep Space 9 in-game, a sign of respect for a performer who had touched the hearts of countless fans. It’s heartbreaking to note that this is hardly the first time that players have provided a vigil for the loss of a beloved figure in the fandom, but it’s also worth noting that these player-organized events show the deep impact that these stories have on the players in the game.

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Bhima Jenkins

Anyone who is a fan of DS9 and WoW can join a vigil held by Aron’s son this sunday at 6/7PM PST on the WoW retail server Area-52. The vigil will be held at Deathknell, the starting spot for Undead. Aron played quite a bit of WoW with his son and I believe led a guild.

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Alex Willis

Oh no. This is terrible news. Nog was a great character and Eisenberg did such a good job bringing him to life.

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ds9 is not my favourite trek. it spends a bit too much time on quark and friends. aron’s character nog was a stand out in between the two sort of sections of the show. with an excellent character arc and stand out performance from aron.

i heard he was a great guy and well loved on the trek/scifi/comic cons circuit. idk what other work he did, but i will forever have that mischievious as optimistic as devious smile in that ferengi make up branded into my memories.

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mysecretid

Deep Space Nine was never my favorite Star Trek either, deekay — but I’d be a fool to suggest that it didn’t have some great and powerful dramatic moments during its run.

This bit, where Aron Eisenberg as Nog makes his case to Avery Brooks’ Sisko for joining Starfleet is one of Eisenberg’s best dramatic turns, in my opinion.

Armin Shimerman — who played Quark — once said that acting in the Ferengi headgear was harder than it looked; he likened it to “acting with a bucket on your head”, where it was very hard to hear your fellow actors during a scene.

That Aron Eisenberg as Nog was able to pull off this dranatic scene with no less than Avery Brooks (a very strong actor, in my opinion) speaks to Eisenberg’s talent, I think.

Cheers,

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Bryan Correll

Well hell. Don’t know what else to say.

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Vaeris

Just started my yearly watch of all 7 seasons of DS9. Really sad to hear this. I also just lost a family member this past week at 39 years. Way too early for both.

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Bryan Correll

“It’s Only a Paper Moon” is gonna be a hard one to watch now.

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Ririrawr

trek fans raised funds towards the funeral costs almost immediately… 50 is way, way too young… and the sheer suddenness… a man with such a big and all encompassing heart just…

this is not ok. i am not ok.
“…but i will be.”

sleep well, ds9’s favorite son

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mysecretid

I missed the vigil as well, unfortunately — probably because I keep Zone/General chat turned off in STO because it’s regularly infested with trolls.

I expect that the Fleet I’m a part of expected everyone already knew, and saw no need to announce it further … ah, well.

Eisenberg (a huge fan of World of Warcraft, for those who didn’t already know) always brought his characteristic energy to his appearances as Nog in Star Trek Online, and the dev team always had good things to say about the man; someone well-known for his positive personality.

Captain Nog of the USS Chimera will be missed in Star Trek Online, and in the real world, my thoughts go to Aron Eisenberg’s wife and children, who had to lose him so early.

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Richard de Leon III

unfortunately i missed the vigil, i didnt even know he died until i woke up this morning :(

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Mewmew

For those of us wondering the cause of death for someone only 50, they didn’t give a cause of death yet.

The guess: He was born with only one kidney, which went into failure and he had to go in Dialysis at 14, had a kidney transplant from a cadaver at 17, that transplanted kidney wasn’t doing so well by the time he was 46 and so he had another kidney transplant (4 years ago).

We don’t know unless a cause is actually released, but the kidney issue was possibly (probably?) was related in some way or another.

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Utakata

I’m not sure it really matters in the end how he died. The fact he is gone is the whole sad part of is. /sigh

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Jango IG88

Aaron provided me with countries hours of tremendous entertainment and knowledge of how to be a more compassionate and hardworking person. He made me laugh outloud which hard to do. All his episodes were special. Aaronn made a better person. I will miss him and wish his family and friends nothing but the best. God Boss Aaron and his loved ones.