Leonard Nimoy dead at 83

Star Trek’s Mr. Spock will no longer ‘live long and prosper’ after the actor who played him has died.

Leonard Nimoy died of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in Los Angeles on Friday Morning, his son Adam confirmed.

His granddaughters used his Twitter account to confirm he had died at his Bel-Air home.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1931 it was being cast as Spock in 1966 that turned Nimoy in to a star.

He played the role in all of the original series as well as several big-screen, feature-length films, including coming out of retirement in 2009 to play Spock in the new Star Trek films.

Aside from the role he is most well-known for, Nimoy was a successful actor, director, painter and photographer.

In 2014 he revealed he had been diagnosed with COPD despite having quit smoking 30 years earlier, he wrote,  “I quit smoking 30 years ago. Not soon enough. Grandpa says, quit now!!”

Special merchandise will be sold on Nimoy’s website, with all proceeds going to COPD charities.

TNT News Siobhan White

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