The New York Times reported Leonard Nimoy passed away Friday morning at his home after being diagnosed with end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 83.
Nimoy’s work in television began in the early ’50s including guest spots on Perry Mason,Dragnet, Sea Hunt, and The Twilight Zone. It would be in 1966 that Leonard Nimoy would begin his rise to pop culture icon as he starred as science officer Spock, a half-Vulcan half-human on Star Trek: The Original Series. While the series only ran for three seasons, it became a much beloved series and the series and his character became a fan favorite over the years for many generations that have been introduced to the character in differing forms.
He continued working in television and film, including Star Trek films The Wrath of Kahn and J.J. Abrams iterations. Nimoy most notably also voiced his own character on a pair of episodes on The Simpsons and recurred on the sci-fi drama, Fringe, where he played Massive Dynamic founder William Bell.
The actor also moved beyond film and television and was known to be an avid photographer and even published a book of his portraits.
Nimoy’s final tweet beautifully and heartbreakingly encapsulates the essence of what fans saw in the actor/writer/photographer.
A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP
— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) February 23, 2015
Thank you and farewell, Mr. Nimoy.