Leonard Nimoy, who famously played Mr. Spock in the 1966 television series Star Trek and in film adaptations, passed away in Los Angeles on Friday (Feb. 27). His wife, Susan, told the New York Times that the 83-year-old veteran actor died from end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Nimoy’s granddaughter, Dani, confirmed the sad news on Twitter as well. She wrote:

Hi all, as you all know, my Grandpa passed away this morning at 8:40 from end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was an extraordinary man, husband, grandfather, brother, actor, author-the list goes on- and friend. Thank you for the warm condolences. May you all LLAP (Long Live and Prosper).”

Although Nimoy was famous for his role as the Vulcan Spock, he was very active in many fields of the arts. He became an author and poet (published two popular books: I Am Not Spock in 1977 and I Am Spock in 1995) and a filmmaker (he directed the 1987 comedy Three Men and a Baby).

After discovering his Jewish heritage, he would take on another favorite pastime -- photography. In 2002, Nimoy published Shekhina, a Jewish-themed book devoted to photography and the aspect that God was feminine.

William Shatner, who played Captain James T. Kirk on Star Trek, remembered his dear friend in a heartfelt tweet. "I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love,” he wrote.

Leonard Nimoy is survived by his wife, his children, Adam and Julie Nimoy; a stepson, Aaron Bay Schuck; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild, and an older brother, Melvin.

Leonard Nimoy will live long and prosper in our hearts and minds. May he rest in peace.

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