It is with a heavy heart that the passing of a dear member of the Star Trek family must be reported. Aron Eisenberg who is best known for his portrayal of ‘Nog‘ on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, was rushed to a hospital, reportedly in critical condition over the weekend.
Regretfully, Aron’s long-time life companion Malissa Longo, passionately said goodbye to her best friend, while also letting his friends and fans know of his passing early Saturday morning.
While the entire Star Trek community is saddened and taken aback by the news of Aron’s passing, it will certainly take heart in the uplifting news of Malissa and Aron’s recent December 28th, 2018 marriage.
In her heartfelt and touching public goodbye to her husband, Malissa spoke of Aron being driven in his work, with a zest for living life with vigor and passion. She also spoke of Aron’s truthful character and his ongoing strive to be the best person he could possibly be in life.
While I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing Aron in his personal life, over the past 15 years I did have the honor of sharing some time with him on the convention circuit as a celebrity guest, as well as a talented photographer and artist. And as I read Malissa’s words of love to her soulmate, they rang true even for someone who only knew him a little bit in that other part of my life called the convention circuit.
But even in those brief times I met and interacted with him, I can attest to Aron’s spirit and zest for life; not to mention his gratitude to the thousands of Star Trek fans he appreciated, loved to meet and personally thank.
The first time I ever met Aron Eisenberg was at a Trek Convention dinner event in New York, in which he walked around with the wait staff and helped serve dinner to everyone in attendance that evening. I can recall him telling everyone at my table as he placed our dinner plates in front of us, how much he appreciated the fans as well as the waiters as he had once been a waiter himself. And before moving on, Aron gave us a big smile and reminded us all to tip our waiters and waitresses.
Like so many others over the years I came to know Aron as one of the fun-loving, and approachable regular convention circuit celebrity guests you could always count on to be not just nice, but make even bad conventions better, while also embracing his fans; even going so far as to appear as ‘Nog’ alongside many of his fellow DS9 costars.
Aron was one of the great genre personalities who everyone liked and loved. A few years ago I covered and attended a Tampa SF convention which Aron was a guest of and I was lucky enough to be invited to a Japanese steak dinner, which Aron and his then girlfriend Malissa Longo also attended. At the very same dinner was also Richard Hatch, sitting next to Nikki Clyne, along with Aron Eisenberg and Malissa Longo not far away, with other friends and fans in between Jack Stauffer, who just happened to get hit in the head with a stray hard boiled egg.
Dinner, drinks, jokes, great laughs and a toast by each dinner guest at Richard Hatch’s insistence, along with dancing later that evening back at the hotel; let me see just how much fun Aron could be, and the zest with which I saw him live those now nostalgic moments.
And like many members of the greater Star Trek community following and interacting with Aron via Social Media and over Facebook, I recognized and appreciated that Aron was not shy about his strong views and beliefs about the future of American politics, while also sharing his love of photography and his artistic images.
Aron was an Actor, an Artist, Photographer, and a Renaissance man with the soul of a Philosopher.
He wasn’t afraid to be humble, he wasn’t afraid to be grateful, he tried every day to live life as best he could, and he was a hell of a nice Hu-Mon!
Waking on Sunday morning to read the news of Aron’s death, gave me pause, and helped me to remember to look back today, on my convention and Social Media interactions with Aron, and to reflect on the ways in which he made even a small difference in my own life. In ways, I didn’t really think about, until today.
So with a sad heart, but with fondness and a great big smile, I declare that today, Sunday, September 22nd, 2019, is be a Good Day to receive great Profit from watching some of the over 40 Deep Space Nine episodes, in which Aron Eisenberg superbly played ‘Nog‘ on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
And as your dear wife Malissa saw you live your life the best way you could, and lovingly called you “My California“, the Star Trek community shares her grief, misses you greatly, and are better for having known you.
You will always have a special place in the hearts of those whom you have touched through the character and role you lovingly played within Gene Roddenberry’s vision of a better humanity. Thank you for your contribution Aron, here is to the life you lead so well!