Leonard Nimoy, the actor best known for playing the pointy-eared Spock from Star Trek, has died aged 83.
He died on Friday morning (February 27th, 2015) at his home in Bel Air, Los Angeles. His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, has confirmed that his death was caused by end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which the actor had attributed to a smoking habit he'd fostered and abandoned earlier in life.
With his "live long and prosper" catchphrase, Nimoy was a fan favourite among geeks and sci-fi fanatics thanks to his logical approach to all problems as Star Trek's Vulcan, Spock. It was a role that Nimoy would have a love-hate relationship with, taking the part in the mid-1960s and last reprising it in 2013's Star Trek Into Darkness.
As well as acting, Nimoy was a prolific public speaker, photographer, poet, director (including the movies Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home) and a (sometimes derided) musician.
For fans of Star Trek, the news will be particularly hard to take as Nimoy was rumoured to be reuniting with Star Trek's original Captain Kirk, William Shatner, in a third film in the rebooted series. That's now a reunion that will have to wait for an encounter somewhere past the other final frontier.
Live Long and Prosper, Leonard Nimoy, 1931 - 2015.