Leonard Nimoy Dead: Mr. Spock of Star Trek Has Died at 83

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Leonard Nimoy Dead

By Daniel Gates

Leonard Nimoy Dead

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Leonard Nimoy is dead. The actor, best known as Mr. Spock on “Star Trek,” died on Friday at his home in Los Angeles. The cause of death was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to his wife Susan. Nimoy was 83 years old.

Beyond “Star Trek,” Nimoy appeared on shows like “Gunsmoke” and “Wagon Train,” starred for a while on “Mission: Impossible,” and hosted the series “In Search Of…” He was a photographer, published poet and recording artist.

But Nimoy’s lasting cultural legacy will be Spock, a complex and beloved character whose popularity on the original 1960s TV series and later in a string of box office hit movies made the actor who played him an icon to science fiction fans.

Nimoy directed two of the Star Trek movie sequels, made a memorable appearance in the rebooted J.J. Abrams Star Trek franchise, and wrote two memoirs: 1975’s “I Am Not Spock” and 1995’s “I Am Spock.”

A smoker for decades, Nimoy tweeted on January 10, “Don’t smoke. I did. Wish I never had. LLAP.” The sign-off, of course, refers to Spock’s iconic message, “Live long and prosper.” Nimoy’s last tweet came on Monday: “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP.”

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