Leonard Nimoy Lived long and prospered

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Leonard Nimoy, who portrayed the ever-logical Mr.
Spock in “Star Trek” on television and on the silver screen, died today at
his Bel-Air home at age 83.
   Nimoy’s wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death, saying the cause was
end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
   Nimoy revealed in recent months he had the disease — chronic bronchitis
and emphysema also known COPD — which he attributed to years of smoking, a
habit he had given up three decades ago. He was briefly hospitalized last week.
   Nimoy, an Army veteran and journeyman actor with a number of previous
movie and television appearances, hit it big in 1966 when he landed the role of
the pointy-eared half-Vulcan, half-human Mr. Spock in the original “Star
Trek” television series created by Gene Roddenberry.
   The show — which ran through 1969 — had modest success in its first
run, but cultivated a faithful band of zealous followers dubbed “Trekkies,”
many of whom were accumulated through years of re-runs.
   The iconic Spock, noted by his Vulcan salute in which he spread apart
the middle and ring finger on his right hand and his salutation of “Live long
and prosper,” was voted by TV Guide one of the top 50 television characters of
   TV executives originally considered dropping the role because they
feared the dour character would frighten children away from watching.
   He followed “Star Trek” with two years on the drama “Mission
Impossible” and was the host on the long-running documentary series, “In
Search of…”
   He earned a new generation of fans when “Star Trek” moved to the big
screen. Nimoy directed two of the films: “Star Trek III: The Search for
Spock” and “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.”
   William Shatner, who played opposite Nimoy as Captain Kirk in the
original television series and subsequent films, said, “I loved him like a
brother. We will all miss his humor, his talent and his capacity to love.”
   George Takei, who shared the bridge of the USS Enterprise as Sulu, said
the world lost a great man, “and I lost a great friend.”
   “We return you now to the stars, Leonard,” Takei wrote on his Facebook
page. “You taught us to `Live long and prosper,’ and you indeed did, friend.
I shall miss you in so many, many ways.”
   Zachary Quinto, who portrays Spock in the rebooted “Star Trek” film
series, in which Nimoy appeared in a time-traveling role, said he was
heartbroken by Nimoy’s death.
   “I love you profoundly, my dear friend,” Quinto wrote on his Instagram
account. “And I will miss you every day. May flights of angels sing thee to
thy rest.”
   President Barack Obama even weighed in, saying, “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,” Obama said. “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.”
   Nimoy initially tried to distance himself from his most famous role,
penning a memoir titled “I Am Not Spock.” But he ultimately accepted the fact
he would be forever linked with his TV persona, titling a subsequent book, “I
Am Spock.”
   He continued working, appearing most recently in “Star Trek Into
Darkness,” but also in the television series “Fringe” and lending his Spock
voice to an episode of “The Big Bang Theory.”
   Four days ago, Nimoy’s final post on his Twitter page read, “A life is
like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in
   He also posted one of his poems, “You and I have Learned,” which
concludes with the passage, “The miracle is this, the more we share …, the
more, we have.”
   He is survived by his wife, Susan; children Adam and Julie; and five

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