Leonard Nimoy was the man who enchanted countless generations with his depiction of Mr. Spock, the “resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise.” He was also well known for his work as a film director, poet, singer and photographer. With such an amazing legacy, it comes as no surprise that countless fans were heartbroken on Friday, 27th February, when they learned that Leonard Nimoy had passed away at age 83.
The actor‘s death was announced by his wife Susan Bay Nimoy. The cause was announced to be end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Nimoy had announced earlier this year that he was battling this disease, caused by years of smoking, a habit he had given up decades prior. Due to his escalating illness, the actor had been hospitalized earlier this week. On Monday Leonard Nimoy sent a tweet that appeared to show he knew his end was near: “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP.”
Leonard Nimoy had pursued many artistic branches such as poetry and photography. However, with his depiction of Mr. Spock, he brought to life one of the most loved characters of the past century. The actor, born in Boston to Ukrainian immigrants and Orthodox Jews, relished playing outsiders and admitted to having developed a “mystical identification with Spock, the lone alien on the starship’s bridge.”
In his first autobiography, “I Am Not Spock”, he said that: “In Spock, I finally found the best of both worlds: to be widely accepted in public approval and yet be able to continue to play the insulated alien through the Vulcan character.” In a later biography, “I am Spock”, he added: “To this day, I sense Vulcan speech patterns, Vulcan social attitudes and even Vulcan patterns of logic and emotional suppression in my behavior. Given the choice, if I had to be someone else, I would be Spock.”
Social media was flooded when news of the actor’s death came to light. “I loved him like a brother,” William Shatner, who starred alongside him as Captain Kirk, wrote: “We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love.” George Takei, who played Sulu, added that the world had lost a great man.
It was not just those dear to him and celebrities to mourned him. His fans, all over the world, wrote messages in his memory. Were you a fan of Leonard Nimoy?