R.I.P. ‘Star Trek’ Star Leonard Nimoy

Earlier this week, Leonard Nimoy was rushed to the hospital with chest pains. It was hoped that the medical treatment was only precautionary, but unfortunately, Nimoy, who was so much more than just Star Trek‘s Spock (photographer, author, brilliant Simpsons guest star), died this morning.

Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut Star Trek, died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83.

His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Mr. Nimoy announced last year that he had the disease, which he attributed to years of smoking, a habit he had given up three decades earlier. He had been hospitalized earlier in the week. (Via)

We’ll have more on this throughout the day, but everyone’s welcome to share their favorite Nimoy stories. I’ll begin: I grew up in a Star Trek household, with Spock and Kirk memorabilia sprinkled throughout the place, and this one time in middle school, someone tried to explain to me why Star Wars rules, Star Trek drools. I gave him the “Live Long and Prosper” sign before dropping every finger but the middle. A teacher saw me and I got in trouble. Worth it.

Miss you, Nimoy.

Via the New York Times