'Star Trek' Star Leonard Nimoy Passes Away at 83

The original Spock depicter died at his home in Los Angeles after battling end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

AceShowbiz - Leonard Nimoy died Friday morning, February 27 in Los Angeles, his family confirms. The actor best known for playing Spock in the original "Star Trek" movie series passed away at his home. He was 83 years old. His survivors include wife Susan and children Adam & Julie.

The actor had been open about his struggle with alcohol. He also battled chronic obstructive pulmonary disease due to his long history of smoking. His passing came a few days after he was reported getting hospitalized at UCLA Medical Center for severe chest pains.

"Don't smoke. I did. Wish I never had. LLAP," he tweeted in January, signing his post with Spock's iconic "Live long and prosper" message. His last tweet posted earlier this month read, "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP."

Leonard Nimoy played Spock in the first six "Star Trek" films and directed two of them. The actor also starred on "Fringe" and voiced Sentinel in "Transformers: Dark of the Moon".

His "Star Trek" character known for his pointy ears and bowl haircut was portrayed by Zachary Quinto in the rebooted franchise from director J.J. Abrams, but Nimoy still made an appearance in the revamped version. Before his death, there were chatters that he would return for the next one along with the original Kirk (William Shatner).

In the wake of Nimoy's death, Quinto wrote on Instagram, "My heart is broken. i love you profoundly my dear friend. and i will miss you everyday. may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest."

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