Leonard Nimoy Passes Away at 83

Leonard Nimoy

The iconic actor and writer leaves behind a legacy of artistic work, and an abundance of memories.

By Tony Antunovich @tonyantunovich

Actor Leonard Nimoy, best-known as the beloved pointy-eared first officer Spock from the iconic TV and movie series Star Trek from 1966 onward, has died at the age of 83. He passed away this morning (Friday, February 27) at his Bell Air home.

Just a few days ago, Nimoy was taken to the hospital after experiencing "severe chest pains." His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, has confirmed that the cause of death was in fact the final stage of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, a condition he was diagnosed with last year as a result of smoking for years.

Nimoy's granddaughter Dani posted the following statement earlier today:

"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 (Live Long and Prosper).

P.s. I will be putting special shirts up on our site, SHOPLLAP.com, where all of the proceeds will go to the COPD Foundation. I hope to hear from you all."

William Shatner, who played Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek alongside Nimoy, took to Twitter saying, "I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love."

George Takei, who played Mr. Sulu in Star Trek also offered his condolences via his Facebook page: "Today, the world lost a great man, and I lost a great friend. We return you now to the stars, Leonard. You taught us to 'Live Long And Prosper,' and you indeed did, friend. I shall miss you in so many, many ways."

In a statement from the White House, President Barack Obama had this to say:

"Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy. Leonard was a lifelong lover of the arts and humanities, a supporter of the sciences, generous with his talent and his time. And of course, Leonard was Spock. Cool, logical, big-eared and level-headed, the center of Star Trek’s optimistic, inclusive vision of humanity’s future.

I loved Spock.

In 2007, I had the chance to meet Leonard in person. It was only logical to greet him with the Vulcan salute, the universal sign for 'Live long and prosper.' And after 83 years on this planet - and on his visits to many others - it’s clear Leonard Nimoy did just that. Michelle and I join his family, friends, and countless fans who miss him so dearly today."

Mr. Spock

Leonard Nimoy was born on March 26, 1931 in Boston, MA. His parents, Dora (Spinner) and Max Nimoy, were of Ukrainian Jewish origin, and immigrated to the United States.

Before landing the role of the "green-blooded" half-human / half-Vulcan Spock as part of the cast of the original Star Trek series, Nimoy had already built up a hefty list of acting credits to his name, including spots on the TV series The Man Called X (1956), Dragnet (1954-1959), Bonanza (1960), The Twilight Zone (1961), The Untouchables (1962), The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (1964) and Mission: Impossible (1969-1971). From there he went on to star in seven Star Trek feature films, including the most recent, Star Trek: Into Darkness in 2013.

Nimoy also lent his deep, masterful voice to several animated movies and cartoons, and other feature films. He voiced Galvatron in The Transformers: The Movie, Zarn in Land of the Lost and himself in a few episodes of The Simpsons in the '90s, among others. He was also no stranger to voice acting in video games, such as Seaman, Star Trek: Judgment Rites, Star Trek: 25th Anniversary Enhanced, Star Trek Online and Civilization IV.

Outside of acting, Nimoy was also a talented writer. In 1977, he wrote his first autobiography, I Am Not Spock, and then another, I Am Spock, in 1995. He also loved poetry -- one of which was called You and I have Learned -- and photography, which he also published books showcasing his various work.

Metaleater offers our deepest condolences to the family, friends and fans of Leonard Nimoy. Let's always cherish the gifts he left behind - the memorable contributions he made in television, in motion picture films, in written works, and in life.


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