Leonard Nimoy, ‘Spock’ of Star Trek, dies at 83

KNOXVILLE (WATE/AP) – The actor best known for his role as Spock in the original Star Trek series has died.

Nimoy’s son, Adam, says the actor died Friday morning in Los Angeles of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 83.

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Nimoy announced in February of last year that he had lung disease after years of smoking.

“Smokers, please understand. If you quit after you’re diagnosed with lung damage it’s too late. Grandpa says learn my lesson. Quit now. LLAP,” Nimoy, 82, tweeted, using the acronym for the Vulcan greeting, “Live Long and Prosper,” that his character was famous for.

The grandfather of five first revealed that he has been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, in a January 29, 2014 post on his Twitter feed.

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Although Nimoy followed his 1966-69 “Star Trek” run with a notable career as both an actor and director, in the public’s mind he would always be Spock.

His half-human, half-Vulcan character was the calm counterpoint to William Shatner’s often-emotional Captain Kirk on one of television and film’s most revered cult series.

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