Thursday 19 October 2017

'A life is like a garden': Leonard Nimoy's poignant last tweet

Leonard Nimoy, pictured in 2013, has died aged 83 (AP)
Leonard Nimoy, pictured in 2013, has died aged 83 (AP)
Freya Drohan

Freya Drohan

Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr Spock, shared a memorable post days before his death.

Nimoy (83) died this morning in his home in Bel Air, Los Angeles.

The father-of-two often shared snippets of his poetry to his 1 million followers on the social network.

His last tweet, sent last Friday, was particularly poignant.

According to his wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, the cause of Leonard's death was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Read more: Live Long and Prosper: Nimoy on the Jewish story behind the Vulcan salute

The actor announced he had the disease last year, which he attributed to years of smoking.

Although talented in many areas such as poetry, photography and music, it was his role as Mr Spock in the Star Trek series that endeared him to millions around the world.

As the pointy-eared Vulcan, his signature blessing was "live long and prosper".

He was cast in the original Star Trek series in the mid sixties, cast alongside William Shatner (Captain James T Kirk), George Takei (Sulu), Nichelle Nichols (Uhura) and DeForest Kelly (Dr McCoy).

He starred in many of the Star Trek films that followed.

When director JJ Abrams cast Nimoy in the 'Star Trek' reboot in 2009, giving him a special cameo alongside the new cast which featured Zachary Quinto as Spock.

He also appeared in the 2013 sequel 'Star Trek Into Darkness'.

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