Leonard Nimoy - best known for playing Spock in the "Star Trek" series has passed away. He was 83-years-old.

 

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He died earlier this morning from 'end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.' Nimoy announced he had the disease last year, which is believed to have been caused from many years of smoking. Hypable reports,

Last year Nimoy spoke about his condition. “I quit smoking 30 yrs ago. Not soon enough. I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit now!! LLAP (Live Long and Prosper),” he wrote on Twitter in February 2014.

 

Nimoy passed away in his Bel Air home. He had severe chest pains earlier this week and had to be hospitalized for his condition.

 

He was featured on "ARTST TLK" where he talked about his life, playing Spock, and everything else you could possibly want to know.

 

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The actor was well known as 'Spock,' but he did have many other talents in the entertainment industry. According to the NY Times,

Mr. Nimoy directed two of the Star Trek movies, “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” (1984) and “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” (1986), which he helped write...

He then directed the hugely successful comedy “Three Men and a Baby” (1987), a far cry from his science-fiction work, and appeared in made-for-television movies.

Nimoy also played parts in lesser-known movies, and even appeared on television shows back in the 1950s and 1960s.

His latest work included the 2009 "Star Trek" and the sequel in 2013 "Star Trek Into Darkness."

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You will be missed, Mr. Spock.

 

 

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[NY Times]