AceShowbiz - One of William Shatner's space mission pals has died in a plane crash. Businessman Glen de Vries lost his life on Thursday, November 11, a month after he took off in Amazon boss Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin ship, alongside the "Star Trek" icon.
De Vries and flight school instructor Thomas P. Fischer were killed in the crash in Sussex County, New Jersey.
A spokesman for Bezos' Blue Origin says, "We are devastated to hear of the sudden passing of Glen de Vries. He brought so much life and energy to the entire Blue Origin team and to his fellow crewmates. His passion for aviation, his charitable work, and his dedication to his craft will long be revered and admired."
De Vries, the founder of clinical research company Medidata Solutions, made history during his space trip - he was part of a crew that took the oldest person - 90-year-old Shatner - into space.
Federal Aviation Administration officials are currently investigating the plane crash to determine what caused it.
Shatner has not reacted publicly to De Vries' passing. He was previously involved in a war of words with his former "Star Trek" co-star George Takei for mocking his space travel.
"Don't hate George," he tweeted on Friday, October 15. Insinuating that Takei was only jealous of his fame, the former Captain James T. Kirk depicter added, "The only time he gets press is when he talks bad about me."
Bringing back their old feud, he added, "He claims 50+ years ago I took away a camera angle that denied him 30 more seconds of prime time TV. I'm giving it back to him now by letting him spew his hatred for the world to see! Bill the [pig emoji]."