Star Trek actor passes away at age 33

Trekkies have written moving tributes to former child actor Jon Paul Steuer — with one saying: “Live long and prosper in the heavens.” Steuer played Alexander Rozhenko in “The...

Trekkies have written moving tributes to former child actor Jon Paul Steuer — with one saying: “Live long and prosper in the heavens.”

Steuer played Alexander Rozhenko in “The Next Generation” saga of the sci-fi favorite.

He also landed the role of Quentin Kelly in the ’90s sitcom “Grace Under Fire” before quitting acting.

Also known as Jonny P Jewels when he moved into a career in music and restaurants, Steuer died on New Year’s Day at just 33.

Since news of his death emerged, thousands of fans and friends have written touching eulogies.

One Star Trek fan wrote: “Live long and prosper in the heavens,” adding to legendary character Mr. Spock’s famous saying.

Celeb blogger Perez Hilton said: “Rest in peace, Jon Paul Steuer. So young!”

Steuer’s bandmates in the group P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S confirmed his passing in a heartbreaking tribute.

They wrote: “It is with heavy hearts and saddened minds that we announce the passing of our dear friend and singer Jonny Jewels, AKA Jon Paul Steuer.

“The addition of Jonny to our dysfunctional band family was one of the best choices that we have ever made, and he brought a much-needed sense of fun and lightheartedness to everything we did.

“He was only with us for a little more than a year, but we managed to cram a lifetime of great experiences into his tenure as our singer: dozens shows at home in Portland and across several states, an amazing European tour, and our best full-length release yet.

“We’ve lost our singer, but far, far more than that we’ve lost a friend. Rest in peace, Jonny…we love you. Jon Paul Steuer March 27, 1984 – January 1, 2018.”

A cause of death has yet to be determined, according to the Willamette Week, which broke the tragic news.

Steuer was born in California in March 1984 and began his acting career at just 3 years old.

He played Alexander — Klingon son of Worf and Ambassador K’Ehleyr — in 1990.

Following his Star Trek appearances, he went on to other TV roles before starring in “Grace Under Fire.”

But the series was short-lived amid an alleged substance abuse scandal involving fellow actor Brett Butler, and Steuer quit acting at 12.

He said in a 2015 interview about his acting days: “I wanted to forge on with acting after quitting the show, and I went out on a few interviews.

“But even then they’d turn into question-and-answer sessions with casting agents about ‘Grace Under Fire.’

“I was kind of blown away by how unprofessional people inside the industry were. It really soured me. I didn’t want that kind of attention.”

Steuer then moved into music under his alter ego, Jonny P Jewels, and later opened a successful vegan restaurant in Portland, Oregon.

The official Star Trek Online Twitter account paid tribute, writing: “Rest in Peace, Jon Paul Steuer, the first actor to play Alexander in TNG. You will be deeply missed.”

Source: Neal Baker, The Sun
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