‘Star Trek’ Star Leonard Nimoy Dead at 83

By: KLKN Newsroom

Leonard Nimoy, known for his iconic character Mr. Spock on “Star Trek,” has died, ABC News has confirmed via the actor’s granddaughter. He was 83.

Nimoy, who played first officer to William Shatner’s Captain Kirk on the Starship Enterprise in TV and movies, died Friday morning in Bel-Air, California.

The cause of death was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which the actor revealed he was struggling with in 2014, according to the New York Times. Nimoy had been a smoker, which contributed to the ailment, before he gave up the habit years ago.

Nimoy first began acting in the early 1950’s, staring in TV runs on “The Silent Service,” “Broken Arrow” and “Dragnet.” But it was his debut as Mr. Spock in the 1960’s “Star Trek” that made him a cult legend. He would star in 1979’s “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” yet again as the Vulcan famous for the saying “Live long and prosper.”

After a long and successful career since the beginning of “Trek,” Nimoy had brought back his famous role in 2009’s reboot “Star Trek,” and the recent sequel “Star Trek Into Darkness” in 2013.Zachary Quinto played a younger version of Spock.

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