Leonard Simon Nimoy, beloved by his fans as the Star Trek character Spock, has exited the planet.
Nimoy, whose creativity was manifest in his writing and directing, added subtle cues to his characters that were continued by all actors portraying Vulcans on television and in motion pictures.
His Live Long and Prosper (in Vulcan: Dif-tor heh smusma) salute, which he abbreviated as LLAP, was inspired by the blessing that his family’s Rabbi would invoke.
The 83-year-old actor had been suffering from COPD[1. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease], attributed to his cigarette habit which he had abandoned roughly 30 years prior.
His legacy includes over three-dozen motion pictures and 50 television appearances (in addition to his regular roles on Star Trek (TOS and TAS), Mission: Impossible, In Search Of, and Ancient Mysteries[1. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000559].
And, let’s not forget his prolific singing career:
Mr. Nimoy will be missed by his family, friends, and fans. His legacy will live long and prosper among his fans for generations. May God rest his soul.