Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy captivated millions of fans after he was casted as Spock, died on Friday, Feb. 27, at his home in L.A.’s Bel Air neighborhood. The news was confirmed by his wife to the New York Times. Nimoywas 83.
Susan Bay Nimoy said the cause of death was “end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,” or COPD, which the actor revealed he had in February 2014. He was brought to hospital earlier this week.
Nimoy was 82 when he made the announcement that he’d been diagnosed with COPD three decades after he quit smoking. “I’m doing OK,” he tweeted at the time. “Just can’t walk distances. Love my life, family, friends, and followers.”
In his another tweet, he called out to his fans to stop smoking, signing it the way he signed every tweet: “LLAP,” an abbreviation for his signature phrase on Star Trek, “Live long and prosper.”
Meanwhile, NY Times reports that Nimoy is survived by his wife, his two children Adam and Julie Nimoy, stepson Aaron Bay Schuck, six grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and an older brother.