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He lived long and prospered: Tributes to Leonard Nimoy

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By Sarah Taylor  with Reuters
He lived long and prospered: Tributes to Leonard Nimoy

Written by: Sarah Joanne Taylor (@mllesaraht)

Tributes to legendary actor Leonard Nimoy have been pouring in.

Best known for playing Mr Spock in the cult sci-fi series Star Trek, the actor-turned-director succumbed to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on Friday (February 27) at the age of 83.

Flowers were placed on his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and fans gathered to mourn his passing.

“This is just a big loss for us ‘Star Trek’ fans, you know,” said one fan. “This is like losing your grandfather. He was the ambassador of ‘Star Trek’ and reached out to all of us.”

While another added:

“It is truly a great loss. And not just for my generation, but for all generations: my children and other children are going to miss this man greatly.”

Messages have also been flooding in on social networks. Nimoy’s fellow cast members, NASA and actor, producer and big Star Trek Fan Seth MacFarlane were among those paying tribute.

In addition to Star Trek, Nimoy played a variety of roles, including parts in Mission Impossible and the animated series Futurama.

He was also a keen photographer, but he was most famous for his role as the half-human, half-Vulcan Mr Spock, and Nimoy gained a worldwide fanbase of ‘Trekkies.’

He remained committed to the series until the end and signed off many of his tweets with ‘LLAP’: a reference to Mr Spock’s famous catchphrase, ‘Live long and prosper.’