So sad. The actor, who played Mr Spock in science fiction seriesStar Trek dies at the age of 83

Leonard Nimoy, who won worldwide fame as the ever-logical, half-Vulcan first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut Star Trek, passed away on February 27 at his home in Los Angeles. His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed the news with the New York Times saying that he died of of pulmonary disease, which he attributed to a smoking habit he had ended 30 years ago. He was hospitalised earlier this week.

His artistic pursuits — poetry, photography and music in addition to acting — ranged far beyond the United Federation of Planets, but it was as Mr. Spock that Mr. Nimoy became a folk hero, bringing to life one of the most indelible characters of the last half century

Nimoy co-starred with William Shatner on the original Star Trek TV series from 1966 to 1969. His half-human, half-Vulcan character was a perfect counterpart to Shatner’s Captain Kirk in the series, which spawned several films and later TV reboots. He appeared as Spock Prime in the 2013 film Star Trek Into Darkness, in which actor Zachary Quinto took on the role of Spock.

His final tweet on February 2 said, “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory.” May his soul rest in peace.

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