Leonard Nimoy, Spock Of “Star Trek,” Dead At 83

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Leonard Nimoy 'Star Trek Into Darkness' - Los Angeles PremiereLeonard Nimoy, the beloved actor who played human-alien Mr. Spock in the television and movie series Star Trek, died on Friday morning, his wife confirmed. He was 83-years-old.

Susan Bay Nimoy said her husband died at his home in the Bel-Air section of Los Angeles. The cause of death was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was hospitalized earlier this week for complications due to the disease.

From the New York Times:

“Star Trek,” which had its premiere on NBC on Sept. 8, 1966, made Mr. Nimoy a star. Gene Roddenberry, the creator of the franchise, called him “the conscience of ‘Star Trek’ ” — an often earnest, sometimes campy show that employed the distant future (as well as some primitive special effects by today’s standards) to take on social issues of the 1960s.

His stardom would endure. Though the series was canceled after three seasons because of…

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