US actor Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr Spock in the cult sci-fi series Star
Trek, has died at the age of 83 in Los Angeles, his family says.
His son, Adam, said he died of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary
disease on Friday morning.
Nimoy had a long career as both an actor and director.
However he was best known for his portrayal of the half-human, half-Vulcan
character in both the TV franchise and series of films.
Last year, the actor revealed he was suffering from chronic lung disease,
despite stopping smoking more than 20 years ago.
It was reported earlier this week he had been taken to hospital on 19
February after suffering from chest pains.
He later tweeted: "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but
not preserved, except in memory."
He signed off with "LLAP" - a reference to his character's famous
catchphrase, "Live long and prosper". It was to be his final tweet.
(After Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Nimoy took a break from Spock
to pursue other roles and interests. In 2002 he published his first book of
photographs, a collection of dramatic portraits of women who were intended
to represent female manifestations of God on Earth.)
Leonard Nimoy: Biography
1931 Born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Jewish immigrants Dora (Spinner) and
1951 Bit-part Hollywood debut in Queen for a Day
1954 Marries Sandra Zober. Two children, Julie and and Adam, follow.
1966 Cast as Spock in Star Trek, which turns Nimoy into a star
1969 Joins cast of Mission: Impossible and plays The Great Paris for two
1979 Reprises role as Spock in the first big-screen version of Star Trek
1987 Directs the hugely successful comedy Three Men and a Baby
1991 Stars in Star Trek VI before leaving the franchise for good
2014 Reveals diagnosis with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a
progressive lung condition
2015 Passes away in Los Angeles
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