The family of Leonard Nimoy has confirmed that the 83-year-old actor passed away. Nimoy died of pulmonary disease which he linked to smoking.
Nimoy was most famed for his outstanding role as the Vulcan Spock on Star Trek TV show in 1966. He went on to later appear in J.J. Abram’s Star Trek movies.
Last year on his Twitter account, the famed actor tweeted, “Don’t smoke. I did. Wish I never had,” even though he quit more than 30 years ago.
He used his account to announce he had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and urged his fans to quit smoking before signing off with “LLAP” – live long and prosper, Spock’s signature line from Star Trek.
William Shatner, who starred in Star Trek alongside Nomoy as Captain Kirk, said, “I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love.”
Aside from Star Trek, Nimoy was also a talented photographer, poet and director. He directed many movies including the 1987 hit, Three Men and a Baby, as well as performed onstage as Tevye in Fiddle on the Roof.
He wrote two autobiographies titled, I Am Not Spock in 1975 and I Am Spock in 1995.
Nichelle Nichols, who played Uhura on Star Trek, said, “He was 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. His vision and heart are bigger than the universe.”
Nimoy once wrote, “In Spock, I finally found the best of both worlds: to be widely accepted in public approval and yet be able to continue to play the insulated alien through the Vulcan character.”
Nimoy is survived by his wife, son, daughter and stepson.