If there are still Star Trek or Nimoy fans on HP, Leonard Nimoy died Friday February 27, 2015 at 8:40 AM Pacific Time at home, from end stage COPD or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder. He was 83 and nearly made it to his 84th birthday.
Even though Mr. Nimoy stopped smoking years ago, he said his lungs were damaged by smoking and he asked smokers everywhere a year ago to stop smoking when he announced his condition.
Lilian Jackson Braun, author of the popular "Cat Who..." mystery series died because of her COPD a few years ago and was too weak to complete her final novel. Her fans still mourn.
COPD is one of several diseases and conditions we can work to eliminate from humanity and I hope we can do it soon.
I don't know all his acting, but he worked full time as an actor for 16 years before becoming Spock and he worked with William Shatner in a Man from U.N.C.L.E. episode. He was on Perry Mason and about that time, portrayed a boxer in a film - Kid Galahad, I think. He was a villain in one of the Body Snatchers remakes and Golda Meir's husband in a TV movie. He did quite a lot of theater, too and audience members would call out to "Spock." It was his most enduring role. And "Fringe" - that was good - his character died and his soul was saved in a computer, but was lost at the end.
Death is imminent but it would be okay if it comes of natural causes. What we can do to stop smoking is a matter that needs all stakeholders . Ongoing advocacy for banning it would be the first step. It should also be taxed more to discourage smokers. My reason is that children whose parents smoke are victims and should be protected. This is a good subject to debate on.
I agree with you, especially about the children. Both of my parents were extremely heavy smokers and the smoke hurt me. My father began to smoke at age 13 and did so into his 70s. That's a lot of chemicals to inhale.
Any illness that removes a person's ability to breath, suffocating them, is horrific. Give me a nice brain tumor or car accident, nice and quick and neat. I remember watching Nimoy on Mission Impossible and thinking, "I know he can act but he isn't able to do it in this show." I was aware he sung and had music interests but then re-watching his "Bilbo Baggins" singing video, I remember thinking, "Dude can't sing." Now I wonder if maybe it was because the man WAS Spock. NO, I am sure that he couldn't sing and that Mission Impossible did not showcase the talent I knew he had. I am very sorrowful and look forward to meeting him someday at the great family reunion in the sky because he has been part of my life and family for most of my life.
Such a sad event to loose such an epic actor. I initially hoped it was just another internet "hoax" but alas it was not. Now he will "live long and prosper" on the final frontier. My nephew is only 16 and was devastated by the news. Nimoy touched the lives of young and old alike.
Her certainly touched people of all ages, as you say, Cynthia, and all of diversity. I feel bad for your nephew, because I fee the same emotion. Nimoy's friends are devastated, like George Takei... and William Shatner, who cannot attend the funeral on March 1. He wants to have a memorial on Twitter on Sunday - @WilliamShatner on Twitter; I'll be reading the posts, maybe posting something.
I remember when Star Trek:The Wrath of Kahn showed in a local theater the first night - an autistic child who had never spoken before piped up with "Spocky died!"
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