Leonard Nimoy has died

'Star Trek' star Leonard Nimoy died in Los Angeles today (27.02.15) due to end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy has died.

The 83-year-old actor, who is best known for playing the character Spock in the 'Star Trek' TV series and films for more 40 years, passed away at his home in Bel Air, Los Angeles today (27.02.15).

His wife Susan Bay Nimoy told the New York Times that he died as a result of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The star, who was hospitalised earlier this week, first revealed he was battling the condition last year and attributed it to years of smoking despite giving up cigarettes approximately 30 years ago.

Shortly afterwards he told his fans on Twitter: "Just can't walk distances. Love my life, family, friends and followers."

Nimoy landed the role of Spock in the original 'Star Trek' television series in the mid-1960s while teaching Method acting at his own studio.

He reprised the role in 2009's 'Star Trek' and 2013's 'Star Trek Into Darkness'.

During his career, he also directed movies, including two from the 'Star Trek' franchise, and recorded several pop songs.

Many of his former co-stars sent him well wishes after hearing of his hospitalisation this week, including George Takei, who tweeted: "My friend and Star Trek colleague Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) was hospitalized with chest pains. Join me in wishing him a speedy recovery."

Nimoy was also very active on social media and last tweeted on Monday (23.02.15), writing: "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP (sic)"

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