Leonard Nimoy passes away at age 83

The actor, known to many as Mr. Spock in "Star Trek," died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Published February 27, 2015 5:33PM (EST)

Leonard Nimoy         (AP/Matt Sayles)
Leonard Nimoy (AP/Matt Sayles)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Leonard Nimoy, world famous to "Star Trek" fans through a beloved cult TV series and a half-dozen films as the pointy-eared, purely logical science officer Mr. Spock, has died.

Nimoy's son, Adam, says the actor died Friday morning in Los Angeles of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 83.

Although Nimoy followed his 1966-69 "Star Trek" run with a notable career as both an actor and director, in the public's mind he would always be Spock.

His half-human, half-Vulcan character was the calm counterpoint to William Shatner's often-emotional Captain Kirk on one of television and film's most revered cult series.

By The Associated Press

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