Legendary TV and film star Leonard Nimoy, best known for his role as the Vulcan Spock in the the Star Trek TV and film series, has died, the New York Times reported today. Nimoy had been hospitalized with chest pains last week, and his wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, when confirming Leonard’s death to the Times, said the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Personally, along with his work on Star Trek, I have fond memories of Nimoy hosting the ’70s paranormal series In Search Of. His distinctive voice could add a unique touch to most things he tried, from narrating series to even singing.
Along with acting, Nimoy was also a director, and he helmed two of the Star Trek feature films in which he co-starred: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), two of the more well-regarded entries in the franchise.
From his public comments and his Twitter feed (he was a great follow, usually ending tweets with LLAP, an abbreviation for Spock’s iconic phrase, “Live Long and Prosper”), Nimoy also seemed like a decent human being in addition to being a great artist. He did indeed live long, and prospered, and he’ll be greatly missed.
Speaking of Nimoy’s Twitter feed, above was what ended up being his fitting, final tweet, sent out this past Monday.