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Kirk's Wife Death Tragedy

01/09/1999. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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William Shatner, alias Classic Trek's Captain Kirk, has been put through the emotional wringer recently when he found his wife of two years, Nerine, dead in the swimming pool of their LA home.

It was an apparent drowning which authorities said they were treating as an accident.

Poor old Shatner said told the legion of reporters who rolled up that 'she meant everything to me'.

Our William arrived home at in the late evening and found Nerine at the bottom of the pool.

He called an ambulance and dragged his wife out of the pool, trying to revive her with CPR. Unfortunately he was just too late, and the paramedics who turned up had no more luck using their equipment.

Hollywood's over-abundant scandal machine has been on overdrive in the weeks since the accident, focusing on the fact that Nerine was a recovering alcoholic and that her drinking problems had caused problems shortly before the couple's marriage.

William had been helping his wife, a former model, in her fight to stay on the wagon.

Since her death Shatner - now 68, no age to lose someone you love that much - is said to have been drifting about in a daze, distraught.

They were married towards the end of 1997 - the third marriage for Shatner.

This is another sad moment for Trek fans who have been in mourning since June, when DeForest Kelley, alias the grumpy but compassionate Doctor McCoy, passed away at the age of 79 after a protracted battle against illness.

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