Leonard Nimoy Wiki
Leonard Nimoy Biography
Legendary actor Leonard Nimoy was, and will always be known to Star Trek fans as Mr. Spock. According to the BBC, he played the iconic Vulcan for almost fifty years. The first time he appeared as the character was for the pilot of Star Trek: The Original Series in 1965. When the show was retaken in 1966, Nimoy played the character for the three years of his career. He last appeared as Spock in 2013 when he reprized his role in the film, Star Trek: Into Darkness. That movie was the last, and it was released only two years before his death.
Although he was best known for playing Spock, Nimoy had many passions outside of Star Trek and acting. He was a talented photographer, an occasional poet, and a musician. Nimoy was also an accomplished director and his credits included some of the Star Trek films.
His death in 2015 was felt around the world, but especially by fans of the franchise that he helped turn into a phenomenon.
How Did Leonard Nimoy Die?
On February 27, 2015, Nimoy died of an advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD).
Nimoy was diagnosed with COPD in 2013. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COPD is a broad term used to describe various diseases related to breathing difficulties, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Illnesses are often caused by smoking.
Nimoy, who shared her story with the CDC, smoked for more than 30 years before quitting. Even after quitting, she had frequent breathing problems that persisted and progressed until her severity warranted the diagnosis of COPD.
Nimoy didn’t announce her diagnosis until almost a year later. She let fans know with a tweet and urged them to resign.
I stopped smoking 30 years ago. Not soon enough. I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit now !! LLAP
He kept fans updated on how the disease was affecting him through his Twitter account for the next several months.
I am doing it right. I just can’t walk distances. I love my life, family, friends and followers. LLAP
As the disease progressed, Nimoy found it more difficult to breathe and his body became unable to fight infections. He suffered several hospitalizations for problems related to his COPD before his death.
After almost two years of fighting the disease, Nimoy lost his battle.
Using his experiences for good
Actor Leonard Nimoy makes the Vulcan salute while presenting his photographic exhibition
After publicly sharing his diagnosis, Nimoy spoke frequently about the importance of quitting smoking. He used his massive platform to raise awareness about COPD and encourage people to quit smoking. Nimoy often tweeted about the importance of quitting as soon as possible and shared advice for those trying to quit.
Tried “smoke a little”. It has failed. I finally learned that I can’t smoke at all. Quitting smoking is not easy. I went through a program. Now for free. LLAP
He also joined the “Real Smoking Tips” campaign, which was organized by the CDC. As part of that campaign, Nimoy spoke for the first time about how difficult it had been for him to quit smoking and how much smoking affected his life even years after he quit. He appeared in two campaign videos and was featured in his written materials.
One of Nimoy’s latest tweets, written just a month before his death, reminded fans how devastating smoking can be.