Sci-Fi fans everywhere have lost an icon today with the news that legendary Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy has passed away at 83. His death was confirmed to the New York Times by his wife Susan Bay Nimoy, attributing his passing to end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Nimoy has been beloved by fans internationally since 1969 when he debuted in his role as the logical Mr. Spock on the original Star Trek series. He went on to portray the character in all three seasons of the original show, as well as eight feature films including J.J. Abrams’ rebooted Star Trek films and various spin-off appearances on television.
On a personal note, I’ve always been fascinated with Nimoy as an actor and thought he had one of the most incredible voices in show business. As a kid I watched the animated Transformers: The Movie endlessly and his booming voice as Galvatron was the right amount of awesomely cool and scary for my growing nerd mind. More recently, I was thrilled to see him return to television on Fringe, a show I was extremely fond of that had lofty ideas and a small, but rabid fanbase – an area where Nimoy was very much at home.
Nimoy had recently taken a turn and had been hospitalized for his illness, but thankfully he still had some time left to reflect. He composed this beautiful sentiment as his very last tweet before passing: