It is a sad day. Leonard Nimoy died this morning in his LA home, the result of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This fact was confirmed to the New York Times by his wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, as well as by his grandchild on Twitter. He was 83-years-old.
Leonard Nimoy is most well known for the beloved character of Spock on “Star Trek: The Original Series.” Despite this being the role for which he is most known, Mr. Nimoy was quite accomplished in other areas as well, from directing movies such as “Three Men and a Baby” and two of the “Star Trek” movies, to writing several books (both autobiographical such as “I am Spock” as well as books of poetry and photography), to a theatre career that included such roles as Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof” and Stanley Kowalski in “A Streetcar Named Desire”. He even had a musical career, most notably known for “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins.”
Mr. Nimoy’s co-stars are remembering him on social media today. William Shatner, best know for the role of Captain Kirk, took to Twitter in response to the news regarding his fictitious former first officer:
I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love.
George Takei (Sulu on “Star Trek”) posted a response on Twitter as well as on Facebook:
Today, the world lost a great man, and I lost a great friend. We return you now to the stars, Leonard. You taught us to “Live Long And Prosper,” and you indeed did, friend. I shall miss you in so many, many ways.
Even President Obama issued a statement about the passed actor:
Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy. Leonard was a lifelong lover of the arts and humanities, a supporter of the sciences, generous with his talent and his time. And of course, Leonard was Spock. Cool, logical, big-eared and level-headed, the center of Star Trek’s optimistic, inclusive vision of humanity’s future.
I loved Spock.
In 2007, I had the chance to meet Leonard in person. It was only logical to greet him with the Vulcan salute, the universal sign for “Live long and prosper.” And after 83 years on this planet––and on his visits to many others––it’s clear Leonard Nimoy did just that. Michelle and I join his family, friends, and countless fans who miss him so dearly today.
With the outpouring of love it is hard not to get at least a small bit teary-eyed. For many, however, it is Leonard Nimoy’s own last tweet that brings an outpouring of emotion.
A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP
Leonard Nimoy has certainly given fans and friends a lifetime of memories to enjoy in his absence, and he will be missed.