Saturday 16 December 2017

William Shatner: Leonard Nimoy was like my brother

William Shatner as Captain Kirk
William Shatner as Captain Kirk

William Shatner has spoken movingly about the death of his close friend Leonard Nimoy.

 Leonard passed away at his home in Los Angeles on Friday morning aged 83 after a lengthy battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

 And William, who starred as Captain Kirk alongside Leonard’s Mr. Spock in the original Star Trek television series and films, was one of the first stars to pay tribute to the actor.

“I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humour, his talent, and his capacity to love,” William told

 As well as their work together in a professional capacity, William and Leonard became close friends over the years.

 Leonard even served as best man at William’s third wedding, to Marcy Lafferty, in 1997.

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

 Zachary Quinto, who took on the role of Mr. Spock in the latest Star Trek instalment, Star Trek Into Darkness, was also quick to pay his respects.

 The 37-year-old actor posted a picture of Leonard on his Instagram page, alongside the touching caption: “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.”

Other stars to pay tribute to Leonard included Ted writer Seth MacFarlane, who tweeted: “Leonard Nimoy brought us one of the greatest, noblest characters in the history of American storytelling. Someone find the Genesis planet.”

Even the space agency NASA paid their respects, writing: “RIP Leonard Nimoy. So many of us at NASA were inspired by Star Trek. Boldly go.”

Leonard was hospitalised earlier this week after his condition took a turn for the worse.

 His last tweet came on Monday, when he wrote: “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP.” The acronym refers to his character Spock’s catchphrase: Live long and prosper.

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