Sunday 17 December 2017

Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy dies

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

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 yesterday.

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 US president Barack Obama and former Star Trek stars, including Shatner and Sir Patrick Stewart.

Obama said in a statement: "Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy. Leonard was a lifelong lover of the arts and humanities, a supported of the sciences, generous with his time and talents. And of course, Leonard was Spock. Cool, logical, big-eared and level-headed, the centre of Star Trek's optimistic, inclusive vision of humanity's future.

"I loved Spock."

And Shatner wrote: "I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humour, his talent, and his capacity to love."

Sir Patrick, who played Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek Next Generation, said: "It is with sadness that I heard of Leonard Nimoy's death. I was lucky to spend many happy, inspiring hours with him. He won't be forgotten."

Zachary Quinto, who played Mr Spock in the 2009 remake of Star Trek and its 2013 sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, tweeted: "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."

NASA tweeted: "RIP Leonard Nimoy. So many of us at NASA were inspired by Star Trek. Boldly go..."

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