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Leonard Nimoy Reveals He’s Suffering From COPD

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Leonard Nimoy, whose role as the brilliant Spock on “Star Trek” made him a household name, announced on Twitter this week that he’s suffering from a chronic disease brought on by smoking.

Nimoy wrote on the micro-blogging site that he was recently diagnosed with COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and urged his followers to take heed and quit smoking before it’s too late. The news comes on the heels of a photograph that’s been circulating on the web which shows the 82-year old actor in a wheelchair with an oxygen tank.

Nimoy was photographed being helped through an airport, raising alarm in his fans until he made the official announcement.

The disease can cause shortness of breath and symptoms of emphysema and bronchitis, and sufferers often need to supplement their oxygen intake. The progressive disease also reportedly quadruples the risk of lung cancer; however, Nimoy seems determined not to let the illness take over and has been as busy as ever, updating his Twitter account daily for his fans.

Mr. Nimoy updated his page today, letting his 809,000 followers know he’s okay.

Image via Wikimedia Commons

Leonard Nimoy Reveals He’s Suffering From COPD
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  • Patty Greenberg

    I was diagnosed with COPD this past May I went for a chest xray 2 weeks ago now they say I don't have it no sign of it so now I can't get a referral to see a pulmonary Dr no insurance

  • Sonoran Sam

    He's 82! Most healthy people I know who never smoked never made it to 72.

  • Gary J

    Tobacco is an ILLEGAL DRUG (yes, still illegal to POISON PEOPLE, no matter how slowly you do it!) which should, of course, be BANNED NOW!

    PROSECUTE THE CRIMINAL TOBACCO PUSHERS, TOO!

    TOBACCO IS TERRORISM! Oh, YES!

  • Vicky Smith

    I am a three year tobacco free quitter and please, please listen to the man. I smoked for over twenty five years and will always have breathing problems because of it. It is never too late to quit. You will cherish the day and be forever thankful. Thanks Mr. Nimoy for sharing.

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