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Leonard Nimoy, aka Mr. Spock from 'Star Trek,' Dies

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Leonard Nimoy, the actor who is perhaps best known for his iconic role as Mr. Spock on the TV series "Star Trek," has died. He was 83 years old.

Nimoy passed away at home in Los Angeles after suffering from end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), his widow Susan Bay Nimoy tells the New York Times.

The Boston-born actor revealed that he had the disease and attributed it to his years of smoking, according to the Times.

"Star Trek" premiered on NBC in 1966 and made Nimoy a star. He portrayed the Vulcan Spock, who offered up that famous hand greeting and was the only alien on the Starship Enterprise, a ship that moved through space guided by Capt. James T. Kirk (William Shatner).

"In Spock, I finally found the best of both worlds: to be widely accepted in public approval and yet be able to continue to play the insulated alien through the Vulcan character," Nimoy wrote in the first of two autobiographies, "I Am Not Spock," which was published in 1977.

While the book's title implies some friction with being linked so strongly to the character, Nimoy later published a second autobiography in 1995 titled "I Am Spock."

Nimoy even made cameo appearances in two J. J. Abrams' "Star Trek" film reboots in 2009 and 2013.

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

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