Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy dies
Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr Spock in the long-running science fiction series, has died at the age of 83.
Nimoy's son Adam confirmed the actor, adored by Trekkies all over the world, died at his home in Los Angeles this morning.
He said the cause of his father's death was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Nimoy was catapulted to fame for his portrayal of the pointy-eared science officer Mr Spock in the cult TV series, first launched in the 60s and followed by a string of films.
His half-human, half-Vulcan character was the calm counterpoint to William Shatner's often-emotional Captain Kirk in a series that attracted a worldwide fan base.
Although Nimoy followed the original 1966-69 Star Trek run with a notable career as an actor, director, writer and photographer, in the public's mind he would always be Spock.
The actor left a poignant final message for fans on his Twitter account last Sunday, including a reference to his famous sign-off "Live Long And Prosper".
The tweet said: "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP."
Tributes to the star were led by Zachary Quinto, who played Mr Spock in the 2009 remake of Star Trek and its 2013 sequel Star Trek Into Darkness.
He wrote: "My heart is broken. I love you profoundly my dear friend and I will miss you everyday. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest."
JK Rowling, who helped to revolutionise fantasy books with her Harry Potter book series, said: "RIP Leonard Nimoy" alongside a photograph of the star with his quote "The miracle is this: the more we share, the more we have."
Actor Elijah Wood added: "Live long and prosper. So long, Mr. Nimoy."