If you are a fan of Star Trek, which I think everyone is, you’d definitely know who Mr Spock is.
According to the New York Times the actor passed away at his Los Angeles home on Friday morning, after being rushed to the hospital with severe chest pains earlier this week.
His wife Susan Bay Nimoy told the paper that he had died of COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – which he blamed on years of smoking, despite having quit 30 years ago. Nimoy had a long career as both an actor and director.
However, he was best known for his portrayal of the half-human, half-Vulcan character in both the TV franchise and series of films.
Last year, the actor revealed he was suffering from chronic lung disease, despite stopping smoking more than 20 years ago. It was reported earlier this week he had been taken to hospital on 19 February after suffering from chest pains.
He later tweeted: “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory.”
He signed off with “LLAP” – a reference to his character’s famous catchphrase, “Live long and prosper”. It was to be his final tweet.
His last acting credit was Star Trek Into Darkness, for which he reprised the role of Mr Spock. Among the torrent of tributes on Twitter was a message from Nasa with a picture of the actor standing in front of a replica Space Shuttle.
Born in 1931 in Boston, Massachusetts, to Jewish immigrants Dora (Spinner) and Max Nimoy. In 1954, he married Sandra Zober and they had two children, Julie and Adam. Nimoy is survived by his wife, children Julie and Adam, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
RIP Mr Spock