Star Trek Legend Leonard Nimoy Passes Away Aged 83
Star Trek legend Leonard Nimoy has passed away aged 83. The actor, who played Spock in the original Star Trek series and movies, had been suffering with a pulmonary disease, and today his wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed that it was this chronic disease that was the cause of his passing.
Nimoy passed away at his Bel Air home earlier this morning, he is survived by his children, Adam and Julie Nimoy; a stepson, Aaron Bay Schuck; and six grandchildren; one great-grandchild, and an older brother, Melvin.
Nimoy's Granddaughter, Dani, left a special message to all of her Grandfather's many fans, stating that special commemorative T-shirts would be available with proceeds going to the COPD Foundation
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
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.
Though he was best known for his work on Star Trek, Nimoy often felt at odds with his ties to the role. In 1975 he published a book entitled "I am not Spock" in which he attempted to distance himself from the character. But 20 years later he published a follow up entitled "I am Spock", which painted a more accepting picture of a life spent tethered to one of science fiction's most iconic characters. Nimoy was so synonymous with Star Trek and the role of Spock, that in 2009, when JJ Abrams first set about rebooting the franchise for the big screen, the only veteran of the original series he wanted to appear on the movie was the man who had turned those Vulcan ears into a pop culture icon.
Those who knew Nimoy often spoke of his gentle and philosophical nature, characteristics which, in many ways, he shared with the alien that made him famous. Nimoy was active on Twitter, regularly signing off with "LLAP", an abbreviated version of Spock's catchphrase "Live Long and Prosper", which Nimoy so often used as a personal ethos. Nimoy's last ever post on Twitter seem particularly powerful given the events of this morning.
A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) February 23, 2015
Social media has been flooded with messages of farewell to a man whose reach went far beyond Star Trek fandom.
"I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love." -William Shatner http://t.co/U8ZN98tVYp— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) February 27, 2015
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.— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) February 27, 2015