Actress Stephanie Niznik, who played a key supporting role on The WB’s Everwood, has passed away at just 52 years old, our sister site Variety reports. Niznik died unexpectedly in Encino, California on June 23.
Stephanie is perhaps best known for her role as Nina Feeney in Everwood, the drama that ran for four seasons from 2002 to 2006 on The WB.
She also appeared on popular TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Life is Wild, CSI: Miami, NCIS, Lost and The Twenty.
The actress also played Perim in the 1998 movie Star Trek: Insurrection.
In 2017, Stephanie was among the Everwood stars that reunited at the Television Critics Association in honor of the show’s 15th anniversary.
Originally from Bangor, Maine, in the US, Stephanie was a graduate of Duke University, according to Variety, and studied Genetics in addition to Theatre and Russian.
Friends from her time at Duke have paid heartbreaking tributes to the star, describing her as “so kind”.
She attended Cal Arts for a master’s degree before starting to land acting roles in Hollywood.
Stephanie is survived by her mother and stepfather, brother and sister-law, her niece and nephews, aunt and uncle, and her dogs, Nucleus and Jake.