Leonard Nimoy Dies At 83
Leonard Nimoy, best known to millions as Mr. Spock, the pointy eared half-Vulcan, half-human on the original Star Trek, has died aged 83.
According to the New York Times, Susan Bay Nimoy, his wife, confirmed end stage COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), a lung disorder which makes it very difficult to breathe, as the cause of death.
Aside from playing the Vulcan, who served as First Officer of the Starship Enterprise, in NBC’s original series, which aired from 1966 to 1969, Nimoy also guest starred as Spock in Star Trek: The Next Generation, and most recently reprised the character in director J.J. Abrams’ re-booted Star Trek movies.
In his final Tweet, Nimoy compared life to a garden, and wrote “Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except on memory. The actor ended his message with the letters “LLAP” –short for “Live Long and Prosper” – Spock’s most famous catch phrase.”
Fans and celebrities have wasted no time in taking to social media to pay their respects. On Instagram, Zachary Quinto, who played Spock in Abrams’ movies, wrote “My heart is broken. I love you profoundly my dear friend.
And I will miss you everyday. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.
Jonathan Frakes, who portrayed Commander William T. Riker on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” tweeted “RIP to the best First Officer.”
“RIP Leonard. Lived long and prospered,” tweeted Simon Pegg, who played Scotty, engineer of the Starship Enterprise, in the latest “Trek” adventures.