Leonard Nimoy, also known as Spock in the Star Trek series, died Friday morning in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles said The New York Times.
According to his wife, Susan Nimoy, he died from end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He had it since last year and his wife attributes it to years of smoking, something he gave up 30 years ago. He was hospitalized earlier in the week said The New York Times.
Despite all of his musical and artistic pursuits, what solidified him as a legend was his role as Mr.Spock, the pointy-eared Vulcan with the signature blessing: “Live long and prosper”. Star Trek premiered on NBC in 1966, he was called “the conscience of Star Trek” by show creator Gene Roddenberry.
After that, he became a star, although the show was cancelled after three seasons, it gained a massive cult following. Celebrities like Elijah Wood from “The Lord of The Rings” fame and Zachary Quinto, who portrayed the 2009 version of Spock, have taken to social media to express their dismay at Nimoy’s passing
Live long and prosper. So long, Mr. Nimoy.
— Elijah Wood (@woodelijah) February 27, 2015
my heart is broken. i love you profoundly my dear friend. and i will miss you everyday. may flights… https://t.co/WPJmt1X4ox
— Zachary Quinto (@ZacharyQuinto) February 27, 2015
When J.J Abrams created the 2009 film adaption of the series, Nimoy made two cameo appearance, one in the 2009 adaption where he played an older version of his character and the 2013 follow-up “Star Trek Into Darkness”.
He was 83.