Character actor, Leonard Nimoy, who as Spock became a hero to nerds and sci-fi fans all over the world at a time when being a nerd was not cool, passed away today at the age of 83 at his home in Bel Air, Los Angeles.
Leonard Nimoy was not just Spock, but also a photographer, writer, producer, musician and director. And more than anything else, he was really cool with his fans, which is not an easy task when you’re the most popular character from Star Trek and always surrounded by people.
Nimoy suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Last year, he announced that he had the disease, along with this message, to his fans on Twitter.
Close friend William Shatner, who played Captain Kirk in the original Star Trek series, tweeted this.
Among the many fans who expressed their sorrow on social media, this one really stood out.
Fans from all over the world have been quoting the eulogy to the half-human, half-vulcan Spock from the movie Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan
“We are assembled here today to pay final respects to our honored dead. And yet it should be noted that in the midst of our sorrow, this death takes place in the shadow of new life, the sunrise of a new world; a world that our beloved comrade gave his life to protect and nourish. He did not feel this sacrifice a vain or empty one, and we will not debate his profound wisdom at these proceedings. Of my friend, I can only say this: of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most… human.” – Captain Kirk.