Leonard Nimoy, the actor who played the character Spock on the beloved television series “Star Trek,” has passed away.
Nimoy had end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. said his son Adam.
Nimoy revealed in 2014 that he had COPD, a condition he linked to the cigarettes he had given up 30 years earlier.
Born in Boston on March 26, 1931, Nimoy was the son of Jewish immigrants from Ukraine. His father, Max Nimoy, warned him against pursuing his dreams and going into show business, telling him he’d wind up “hanging around with gypsies and vagabonds.”
Nimoy wrote two autobiographies: “I Am Not Spock” in 1975 and “I Am Spock” in 1995.
Spock was supposed to be the son of a human mother and a father from Vulcan, a planet whose inhabitants had concluded that pure logic was the only way they could survive. On screen, Nimoy’s skin was tinted green. He had a bowl haircut and pointed ears, which NBC sales reps feared might strike Bible Belt viewers as satanic.
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
May he rest in peace.