All-time fan-favorite Aron Eisenberg passed away on Saturday, September 21. Known best for his role as Nog on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Eisenberg brought life and energy to a his role, and made many fans of the Ferengi.
Eisenberg was no stranger to medical problems, as he was born with just one kidney. He said that loss stunted his growth. Though he was a bit short, at 4′ 11″, he was said to be energetic and a fun-loving person. He received a new kidney with he was 17 and another in 2015.
He appeared in many television shows in the 90s, including “Parker Lewis Can’t Lose,” “The Wonder Years,” and “Tales From the Crypt.” But the role that would mark the high mark in his career, Nog, began in 1993, and lasted until 1999. Nog began the series as a simple bar employee, working for Quark. By the end, Nog became the first Ferengi to join Starfleet.
The episode, “It’s Only a Paper Moon,” which focused on Nog, is widely recognized as a break-out performance for Eisenberg. In the show, Nog dealt with the aftermath of battle and questioned himself throughout.
Many former DS9 stars have made statements, stating what a wonderful freind and collegue Eisenberg was.
Armin Shimerman, who portrayed Odo on DS9 was among the many who shared their memories:
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
Nana Visitor, also remembered Eisenburg’s good humor and gentleness:
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
But it was his fiancee, Malíssa Longo, who shared the most intimate memories about Eisenburg.
Coaching soccer was one of the great passions in @AronEisenberg 's life. Coaching his son, @faroonmive 's, team was one of his greatest joys. He loved being a father and loved his boys, so much. One of the first things that impressed me about Aron, was his dedication to his sons pic.twitter.com/rh7ETbNWOP— Malíssa Longo (@Malissa_Longo) September 22, 2019
Our first picture together and our last. That very first day, something clicked, and I knew that I had met a kindred spirit. The last picture was on Friday and just over five years of love and memories fill in the time between these photos… I want more. 💔 pic.twitter.com/HY0LKkovRp— Malíssa Longo (@Malissa_Longo) September 22, 2019
The couple has two children, Christopher and Nicholas.
Fans can contribute to Aron’s final expenses on his memorial Go Fund Me page.