Leonard Nimoy, better known as Spock to Trekkies around the world, has died. He was 83.
According to his wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, he died from end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Leonard Nimoy became a household name as he played the logical Vulcan science and first officer aboard the USS Enterprise on the original 1960s TV series and movies.
Nimoy stayed active in recent years, reprising his role as Spock in 2013’s Star Trek: Into Darkness. He also played William Bell on Fringe and voiced Sentinel Prime in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
Nimoy was initially frustrated with being known only as Spock following the Star Trek TV series. He even wrote an autobiography titled “I Am Not Spock” in 1977. But, he would go on to embrace his role in pop culture and wrote another autobiography titled, “I Am Spock” in 1995.
While primarily known for his role as Spock, Nimoy also directed several movies including Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. He also directed Three Men and a Baby.
Nimoy touched so many around the world.
“I loved him like a brother,” William Shatner said in a statement. “We will all miss his humor, his talent and his capacity to love.”
NASA tweeted how many of them were inspired by Star Trek.
— NASA (@NASA) February 27, 2015
I’ll leave you with Leonard Nimoy’s last tweet from February 22.
A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP
— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) February 23, 2015