Leonard Nimoy the iconic Mr Spock in Star Trek has died at the age of 83 after years of battling chronic pulmonary disease, at his home in Bel Air it’s been reported. His wife Susan confirmed the news to the New York Times, claiming that the final stages of the disease had taken his life.
The actor, who was part of the iconic first cast of Star Trek, revealed last year that he was struggling with the disease and had developed the illness despite giving up smoking three decades ago. He was admitted to hospital week for chest pains, but is believed to have passed peacefully at home.
Announcing his diagnosis on his Twitter page, he wrote: “I quit smoking 30 years ago. Not soon enough. I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit now!”
He then signed off with, “LLAP” – an acronym of his famous Star Trek catchphrase, Live Long And Prosper.
Star Trek legend Leonard Nimoy has been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (WENN)
Nimoy was a prolific poet, photographer, musician and writer but was best known for his role as the iconic half-Vulcan, half-human Mr Spock in the original Star Trek series first appearing in 1965 in the pilot and featured in the series until 1969. Nemoy formed a life long friendship with. Captain Kirk William Shatner and the two reunited for multiple Star Trek outings on the big screen.
The life of Nimoy and the character of Spock became intertwined throughout the subsequent decades as the show gained cult status and his fame was such that both of his autobiographies I Am Not Spock (1975) and I Am Spock (1995) detailed his shared existence with his alter-ego.
His last Twitter message was posted earlier this week and seemed to be a final and reflective farewell from the actor and poet. He wrote: “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP”