Leonard Nimoy died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles at the age of 83. His wife Susan Bay Nimoy confirmed the death earlier this morning, stating that it was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Nimoy has been fighting chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) for years due to his long time smoking habit. Recently he was seen in a wheelchair with an oxygen tank, but he assured his many adoring fans that he was alright. He also warned frequently against the dangers of smoking, speaking out on Twitter and telling those who smoke to quit so that they didn’t find themselves in the same situation he did.
‘I quit smoking 30 yrs ago. Not soon enough. I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit now!! LLAP.
On February 19, 2015, Nimoy was rushed to UCLA Medical Center for severe chest pains after a call to 911. Concern poured in from fans across the world and from his coworkers who sent him well wishes. On February 23, he posted his last Tweet:
A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP
— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) February 23, 2015
Nimoy will be long remembered by us all as Spock from the original Star Trek television program; he was Captain Kirk’s best friend and colleague throughout the show. Nimoy was also was a published photographer and poet, which were two of his passions.
We were lucky enough to see him talk last year via Skype at Ottawa Comic Con. At the time, none of us knew that this would be the last time we would be able to see him. He was gracious, kind, funny, and inspiring.
Rest in peace Mr. Spock, we will miss you.