Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek‘s Mr. Spock, has died at the age of eighty-three.
The actor passed away this morning at his home in Los Angeles.
The actor had been rushed to the hospital last week with chest pains, but the cause of death, according to his wife Susan Bay Nimoy, was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which was caused by Nimoy’s years of smoking.
Diagnosed with COPD in 2013, Nimoy spoke out to his fans, encouraging them to quit now. The actor stopped smoking in the early 1980s, but the damage had been done. “This is unfair,” said Nimoy at the time. “I quit long ago. Why is this happening to me? But it’s a lesson I had to learn. I damaged the lung cells many years ago.”
Nimoy was born in Boston on March 26, 1931, the son of Ukrainian Jewish immigrants. He began acting early; at age eight Nimoy was already acting in local productions.
His career dated back to the early 1950s, and included roles on many classic shows of the early days of pre-cable television. Nimoy worked steadily as an actor and director up until a few years ago when he retired to enjoy his hobby of photography.
Nimoy is survived by his wife, Susan; son Adam, daughter Julie, and six grandchildren.
Nimoy’s granddaughter Dani posted the news on Twitter, saying “Hi all, as you all know, my Grandpa passed away this morning at 8:40 from end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was an extraordinary man, husband, grandfather, brother, actor, author-the list goes on- and friend. Thank you for the warm condolences. May you all LLAP. – Dani.”
Nimoy’s last Twitter post on Monday said “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP.
Reaction is coming in to Twitter from the Star Trek world; from the producers, writers, and actors from the series and movies and from fandom in general. Paramount Pictures used a famous quote from Spock to honor Nimoy. “I have been, and always shall be, your friend. RIP Leonard Nimoy.”
Rick Berman: “First Hurley, now Leonard. This has to be the saddest week for Star Trek in its (nearly) fifty year history. My heart goes out to Susan.”
Brannon Braga: “RIP Leonard Nimoy. We’ve lost a great artist and Trek legend.”
“I loved him like a brother,” said William Shatner. “We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love.”
Rod Roddenberry said, “We have been, and always shall be, your friends.”
From Roberto Orci: “Nimoy lived long and prospered. So grateful for his warmth and wisdom.”
“My heart is broken,” said Zachary Quinto. “Love you profoundly my dear friend. and I will miss you everyday. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”
Simon Pegg: “RIP Leonard. Lived long and prospered”
The Next Generation actors also paid tribute to Nimoy. “Farewell Leonard,” said Brent Spiner. “Glad I knew you. Thinking of Susan, Adam, and his entire family. And his vast extended family of Star Trek.”
Wil Wheaton: “We stood on your shoulders, and wouldn’t have had a galaxy to explore if you hadn’t been there, first. Thank you, Leonard, Rest in peace.”
Jonathan Frakes: “#LLAP RIP to the best First Officer.”
LeVar Burton: “God Bless You, Leonard Nimoy… May Angels guide thee to thy rest!”
From Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise actors:
Nana Visitor: “You were always lovely lovely lovely to me. # Leonard Nimoy”
Chase Masterson: “We will always, always love you, @TheRealNimoy. Thank you for your beautiful heart, and for the good man you were. So very sad to lose you.”
Robert Picardo: “A sad day for all of us. Live long and prosper … then rest in peace.”
Jeri Ryan: “RIP, Mr. Nimoy. You really did live long and prosper, and we were all the richer for it.”
Jolene Blalock: “Goodbye my dear friend. #LLAP”
And finally from NASA and Astronaut Chris Hadfield. NASA: “RIP Leonard Nimoy. So many of us at NASA were inspired by Star Trek. Boldly go.” Hadfield: “Leonard, you lived long and prospered, and were an inspiration to me and to millions. Rest in peace.”
Rest in peace, Mr. Nimoy. You will be sorely missed, not only by your family, but by your loving fans. In this reporter’s opinion, you WERE Star Trek. I began watching Star Trek back in 1971 as a young teenager and your portrayal of the conflicted half-human, half-Vulcan was very compelling to a person trying to get through the tricky business of adolescence. Thank you.
Source: The New York Times