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Leonard Nimoy, the actor best known for giving life to Mr. Spock, the half-alien first officer aboard the Starship Enterprise in “Star Trek” and movies set in its universe, died Friday in his Los Angeles home at 83.

Nimoy had been hospitalized for several days. The cause of death, his wife Susan told The New York Times, was end-stage COPD. Nimoy announced last year he had the disease and attributed it to years of smoking, despite quitting three decades prior.

Though best known as Spock, Nimoy’s long career also included the television series “Mission: Impossible” and, more recently, “Fringe.” He reprised his role as Spock in J.J. Abrams’ two “Star Trek” films as an older Spock. He reconciled his relationship with the role in two books, titled “I Am Not Spock” in 1975 and “I Am Spock” in 1995.


Besides photography, poetry and music, Nimoy was also active on Twitter. His final tweet, posted not long before he was hospitalized, rings eerie.

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