Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy Leaves a Lasting Legacy
Leonard Nimoy with SETI astronomer Frank Drake on September 8, 1994. Seth Shostak, also from SETI, was the photographer. Image courtesy the Drake family.
Leonard Nimoy played a half-alien-half-human character on Star Trek that gave his life to save his crew but was resurrected, survived having his brain removed, and was transported through time to seemingly live forever in the Star Trek universe. But the very human Nimoy died earlier today at age 83, leaving a legacy of not just an enduring science fiction character, but generations of scientists and explorers that he inspired.
Nimoy had been hospitalized earlier in the week and his agent confirmed his death on Friday, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Nimoy announced that he had the disease last year and attributed it to years of smoking, a habit he had quit nearly 30 years ago.
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