R.I.P. Leonard Nimoy

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    I’ve been a Star Trek fan my whole life, and there have been so many great characters and actors over the years. Still, if I had to pick just one Star Trek character it would have to be Mr. Spock, and the actor who played him, Leonard Nimoy. He lived long and prospered, I just wish the “continuing (orginally 5-year) mission” never had to end for this amazing man. Rest in peace. This loss really makes me sad.

    P.S. The following is Leonard Nimoy’s last tweet, followed by tributes from his fellow Star Trek actors.

    P.P.S. I forgot to mention the important point that Nimoy was a strong progressive, a champion for things like civil rights, LGBT equality, environmental protection and animal welfare.

    William Shatner: “I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love”

    George Takei: “Today, the world lost a great man, and I lost a great friend. We return you now to the stars, Leonard. You taught us to ‘Live Long And Prosper,’ and you indeed did, friend. I shall miss you in so many, many ways.” Yep.

    Brent Spiner: “Farewell Leonard. Glad I knew you. Thinking of Susan, Adam, and his entire family. And his vast extended family of Star Trek.”

    Levar Burton: “God Bless You, Leonard Nimoy… May Angels guide thee to thy rest!”

    Jonathan Frakes: “#LLAP RIP to the best First Officer. @TheRealNimoy”

    Wil Wheaton: “We stood on your shoulders, and wouldn’t have had a galaxy to explore if you hadn’t been there, first. Thank you, Leonard, Rest in peace.”

    Zachary Quinto (current Spock) – My heart is broken. i love you profoundly my dear friend. and i will miss you everyday.”

    Patrick Stewart: “It is with sadness that I heard of Leonard Nimoy’s death. I was lucky to spend many happy, inspiring hours with him. He won’t be forgotten.”

    Nichelle Nichols: “I am deeply saddened by the death of my dear friend Leonard Nimoy.  But, I also want to celebrate his extraordinary life.  He was a true force of strength and his character was that of a champion.  Leonard’s integrity and passion as an actor and devotion to his craft helped transport STAR TREK into television history.  His vision and heart are bigger than the universe.  I will miss him very much and send heartfelt wishes to his family.”

    • From what I’d argue continues to be the greatest Star Trek episode ever – “City on the Edge of Forever.”

    • President Obama’s statement:

      Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy.  Leonard was a lifelong lover of the arts and humanities, a supporter of the sciences, generous with his talent and his time.  And of course, Leonard was Spock.  Cool, logical, big-eared and level-headed, the center of Star Trek’s optimistic, inclusive vision of humanity’s future.

      I loved Spock.

      In 2007, I had the chance to meet Leonard in person.  It was only logical to greet him with the Vulcan salute, the universal sign for “Live long and prosper.”  And after 83 years on this planet – and on his visits to many others – it’s clear Leonard Nimoy did just that.  Michelle and I join his family, friends, and countless fans who miss him so dearly today.

    • blue bronc

      So much to say, so many are saying it for me.

      Except for one thing, he smoked for thirty years before quitting, he died from lung disease.  I smoked for thirty-six, my docs say my lungs are okay.  I hope anyone who continues to smoke will take Nimoy’s advice and stop now.

      RIP