Leonard Nimoy Dies, Aged 83

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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of classic Star Trek star, Leonard Nimoy at the age of 83. Mr Nimoy’s family confirmed that he passed away earlier today as a result of his end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

His iconic role as the half-Vulcan, half-human Spock in the ground-breaking original Star Trek series launched him into international stardom in the 1960s. As the first officer of the Starship Enterprise, Spock is second-in-command to Captain James T. Kirk, as played by William Shatner, off-setting the Captain’s sometimes rash decision-making with a thoughtful and logical approach. Nimoy inhabited the character with a performance entirely his own, characterised by a calm, serene demeanour, a quiet, gentle confidence and a winning twinkle in his eye.

His performance earned him three Emmy Award nominations and a place on TV Guide‘s list of the 50 Greatest TV Actors. As much as his talent, however, what made him so endlessly endearing was the obvious pleasure he took in his work. His warm sense of humour always shines through, and even when his character is at his most serious, it’s hard to miss how much Nimoy is enjoying playing his part. In 2009, he returned to reprise his role in J. J. Abrams Star Trek movie with as much enthusiasm as ever, acting alongside Zachary Quinto who plays his younger self.

Beyond Star Trek, Nimoy has appeared in numerous genre films and shows, including Mission: ImpossibleFringe, Zombies of the StratosphereThem! and Invasion of the Body Snatchers, as well plenty more mainstream productions on stage and screen. In 1994, he gave his voice to Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in The Pagemaster and his 1967 recording of Charles Randolph Green’s “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins” has achieved a kind of viral popularity online. But despite this, he will always remain most closely associated with his Vulcan character, a fact he light-heartedly alluded to in the publication of his two autobiographies I Am Not Spock (1975) and I Am Spock (1995).

Nimoy had already been suffering from ill health for some time before his death, and his final, prophetic tweet reads like a beautiful goodbye to the world.

Online tributes have already been paid by his friends and Star Trek co-stars, William Shatner, Zachary Quinto and George Takei, with the last describing him as an “extraordinary” man.

NASA have also added their voice, mentioning how many astronauts and astrophysicists were first inspired to reach for the stars themselves by his and others’ work on the series.

It’s hard to overstate Nimoy’s huge cultural impact, and his loss will be sorely felt by his friends, family and thousands of fans across the globe. Though he may have left us, however, his legacy is sure to live long and prosper.

Source: BBC News | Guttural Truth on YouTube

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