Leonard Nimoy, the actor who played the iconic Mr Spock in the Star Trek franchise, has passed away. He was 83.
According to his wife Susan, Nimoy died on Friday in his Los Angeles home of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – a disease he contracted as a result of years of heavy smoking. He stopped the habit 30 years ago.
Nimoy started playing Mr Spock in 1966, the year Star Trek TV show debuted. He went on to play the role for decades, appearing in every single episode of the original series. He even played the character on the most recent reboot in 2013.
Aside from Star Trek, Nimoy also wrote poems, released music albums, and wrote two autobiographies I am Not Spock (1975) and I am Spock (1995).
Nimoy’s last tweet was sent out on February 22, and it read, ‘A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP.’ LLAP stands for Mr Spock’s iconic message ‘live long and prosper.’