Leonard Nimoy, who became a transcendent star for portraying the iconic character Dr. Spock on the timeless show “Star Trek,” died on Friday morning in his home in Los Angeles. He was 83.
Along with William Shatner’s Captain Kirk, Nimoy helped make the long-running TV series “Star Trek” an undeniable cultural phenomenon that was later adapted to the big screen in several successful box office movies.
Nimoy’s wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed the death, adding that it was due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the New York Times reports.
Nimoy first announced that he was suffering from the illness last year. “I quit smoking 30 yrs ago,” he Tweeted at the time. “Not soon enough.”
“Smokers, please understand,” he continued. If you quit after you’re diagnosed with lung damage it’s too late.”
The actor was reportedly hospitalized with chest pains earlier this week.