Leonard Nimoy: The Final Frontier

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My day just got a billion times sadder. Our galaxy just got a billion times darker. Leonard Nimoy, whom we all knew and loved from film and television, especially for his portrayal of Mr. Spock on many different iterations of Star Trek, has died.

According to the New York Times, Nimoy died in his home this morning in Los Angeles at the age of 83. His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed the cause of death as end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Nimoy revealed last year he had COPD and stated he believed the cause to be due to years of smoking, even though he’d given the habit up decades ago. I was personally alarmed earlier this week when I learned Nimoy had been admitted to the hospital after experiencing chest pains. But I expected he would make a full recovery and we’d eventually be seeing him in the next Star Trek feature film.

If you’re like me, Leonard Nimoy and his portrayal of Spock, brought a lot of joy to your life. And even beyond Star Trek, I grew up watching him as the host of In Search Of. From Nimoy, I learned about the possible existence of extra-terrestrials (the non-pointy-eared kind) and of Bigfoot. It may sound strange, but I will always have an even greater measure of fondness for the man because of that.

I really have no words. Nimoy was truly one of the greats. A bright light has gone out in the universe, one that can never be replaced. If only the katra was a real thing.

I think today, in honor of this great actor, this icon of science fiction, I’m going to pull out my Star Trek blu-rays and watch a couple. Definitely Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. His performance in that was always one of my favorites. Star Trek II might hit a little too close to home today.

Go boldly into the final frontier, Spock. You will be greatly missed.

Oh, and to cheer you up, take a look at one of Nimoy’s goofier, more humorous moments: The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins. I loved him for this, too.

SOURCE: New York Times

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