Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy dies at 83
Leonard Nimoy, the actor known to the world as Mr. Spock, died this morning (February 27th) at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles, the New York Times reports. He was 83.
His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death, the newspaper said.
The actor who played a half-human, half-Vulcan on the first series of Star Trek, had announced last year that he had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease attributed to years of cigarette smoking. He had been hospitalized earlier in the week.
As the Times notes, "His artistic pursuits — poetry, photography and music in addition to acting — ranged far beyond the United Federation of Planets, but it was as Mr. Spock that Mr. Nimoy became a folk hero, bringing to life one of the most indelible characters of the last half century: a cerebral, unflappable, pointy-eared Vulcan with a signature salute and blessing: “Live long and prosper.”
The tweets have been fast and heart-warming.
Leonard, you lived long and prospered, and were an inspiration to me and to millions. Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/NESJKvTepm— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) February 27, 2015
RIP Leonard Nimoy. pic.twitter.com/UAJoMRvZrP— SpaceChannel (@SpaceChannel) February 27, 2015