I grew up watching Star Trek. When I say “watching”, that’s a bit of an understatement, since I was downright obsessed in adolescence, being of the Voyager era (speak no ill – Janeway was the best). My love for that show opened me up to sci-fi as a genre, and I explored the other Trek series over the years. I still find them to be one of the cleverest, most imaginative and hopeful series ever made, and Leonard Nimoy was a massive part of that. Spock is one of the most legendary characters in TV history. Sadly, Leonard has now passed away at the age of 83.
From The New York Times:
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 that he had the disease last year, attributing it to years of smoking, a habit he had given up three decades earlier. He had been hospitalized earlier in the week.
Very sad news. Rest in peace, Leonard.