The world mourns at the announcement of the death of Leonard Nimoy, the iconic actor who portrayed the role of Mr. Spock on the cult-classic original Star Trek television show and reprised the role in a series of movies.
Leonard passed away at his home in Bel-Air, California on Friday morning. His death is attributed to a lost battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The actor had reported that he was diagnosed with COPD and fighting the disease in 2014. Although he had quit smoking over three decades ago, Leonard blamed his illness on years of smoking as a youth and young adult.
TMZ first broke the news of Leonard’s failing health, “Nimoy checked into UCLA Medical Center last week for intense chest pains — but was eventually released.”
Original Star Trek Cast Members Chime in On Leonard Nimoy’s Death
William Shatner (Captain James T. Kirk) wrote, “I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love.”
George Takei (Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu) wrote, “We return you now to the stars, Leonard. You taught us to ‘Live Long And Prosper,’ and you indeed did, friend.”
Nichelle Nichols (Lieutenant Nyota Uhura) said of Nimoy, “a true force of strength and his character was that of a champion. Leonard’s integrity and passion as an actor and devotion to his craft helped transport STAR TREK into television history.”
Walter Koenig (Ensign Pavel Chekov) said, “I got to know Mr. Spock long before I knew the actor who played him. It was a mark of his integrity that he was so loyal to the role he portrayed. When I finally did get to know the man better I discovered his compassion, his intelligence and his humanity.”
DeForest Kelley (Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy) passed away in 1999 due to illness associated with stomach cancer.
James Doohan (Montgomery “Scotty” Scott) passed away in 2005 from pneumonia while suffering Alzheimer’s disease.
President Obama, J.J. Abrams, Zachary Quinto Pay Tribute to Leonard Nimoy – Rolling Stone
Leonard Nimoy’s final tweet is beautiful, and it broke my heart – The Verge
Leonard Nimoy, ‘Star Trek’s’ Spock, dead at 83 – CNN.com