Sad news, Leonard Nimoy has passed away. He was 83.
Most famously known to millions as Mr Spock from Star Trek, Nimoy had been taken to hospital earlier this week with reports of severe chest pains. He was diagnosed in May 2013 with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which he attributed to the cigarette habit he had quit 30 years before.
As the Vulcan science officer Mr. Spock, Nimoy was part of the Star Trek crew of the fictional USS Enterprise on its five-year mission in the 23rd century “to seek out new life and civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.”
The show, which aired from 1966 to 1969 before being canceled after 79 episodes, became a cult hit in syndication and led to Nimoy and his co-stars reprising their roles in six feature films, with Nimoy directing two. He most recently appeared as an elderly Spock in director J.J. Abrams’ 2009 and 2013 big screen reboots of the Star Trek franchise.
Our thoughts are with his family.