William Shatner Defends His Absence From Leonard Nimoy's Funeral
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The actor who played the Captain Kirk in the original 'Star Trek' series says his daughters attended the funeral of his late co-star while he was unable to be there.

AceShowbiz - %cWilliam Shatner% takes the heat for being unable to attend %cLeonard Nimoy%'s funeral due to prior commitments in another city. The original Captain Kirk depicter comes to his own defense when some argued that he could have made it back in time on a private jet.

"I chose to honor a commitment I made months ago to appear at a charitable fundraiser. A lot of money was raised. So here I am; tell me off," he replied to his critics on Twitter. He also wrote, "So my daughters Melanie and Lisabeth are attending Leonard's services."

"Walking out on a major fundraiser wouldn't have you calling me a jerk for leaving a charity high & dry? Hmm?" he said in another post, before adding, "One of the other misconceptions seems to be that folks think flights to LAX occur all night long."

Shatner then remembered his "Star Trek" co-star. "Leonard and I seemed to be bound by fate to be friends," he tweeted. "We were born 4 days apart. He was tall, lanky and sometimes a bit too serious. We worked together previous to Star Trek, first impressions: nice guy, a real professional, took the job/role seriously."

He also answered fans' questions about the late actor. "He took the role of Spock very seriously and I would try and get him to crack a smile while in his persona. It was hard to do," he wrote. "I learned to be more serious [and] I think he learned to be less." He concluded, "I do want to thank everyone for coming here and sharing their memories and celebrating the life of #LeonardNimoy LLAP! MBB."

Leonard Nimoy known for his role as Shatner's on-screen sidekick Spock died Friday morning, February 27 at his home in Los Angeles after battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease due to his long history of smoking. He was 83.

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