Leonard Nimoy: Star Trek’s Mr. Spock Seriously Ill

    February 6, 2014
    Kimberly Ripley
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Leonard Nimoy–best know as Star Trek’s Mr. Spock–is seriously ill and as a result is begging his fans not to smoke. Nimoy is now on full time oxygen, suffering from COPD–Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Caused by smoking, it makes breathing very difficult.

It wasn’t until fans saw Nimoy in an airport–being transported in a wheelchair and wearing the portable oxygen that they became concerned and shortly thereafter he shared word of his illness with them. The 82-year-old does look frail and pale, but he is still involved with the Star Trek franchise and takes part in events whenever he can.

Nimoy, along with William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes and more starred in TV and film versions of the cult favorite–believed during the 1960s and early 1970s to be providing viewers with a fairly accurate version of what ‘outer space’ was all about.

Leonard Nimoy shared an explanation of his illness with his fans via Twitter back on January 29th.

He reiterated his plea for everyone to stop smoking on February 6th–once again in a tweet.

This was followed shortly thereafter by yet another tweet.

Anyone who followed Star Trek understands that the letters in Leonard Nimoy’s tweets–LLAP–stand for “Live long and prosper.” Nimoy’s character is known for a hand signal depicting the phrase as well.

Fans can check out Leonard Nimoy on EPIX later in February, as he appears on a pre-recorded segment for Star Trek Fest.

Hopefully with medication Leonard Nimoy can continue enjoying anything and everything Star Trek. At 82 he has lived long and prospered, but fans–and his friends and family, too–would like to see him stick around for a bit longer.

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  • spock

    after living in LA that long, they're still blaming smoking. unbelievable!! look at the air you breathe in that city and tell me that didn't have something to do with it too…

    • DJ Zhuge Meng

      The air in LA isn't all that bad, there are other parts of America that are worse, and if you really want to see bad, go tour China.

  • DJ Zhuge Meng

    I also remember you fondly Mr. Nimoy on the TV series "Mission Impossible". Tom Cruise's movies have nothing on the series IMO. This message will self-destruct in 5 seconds…. 5… 4… 3… 2… 1…

  • Asilwanga Ligege

    I'm sorry, how old does Mr Leonard Nimoy want to live to, age "Biltong"? Dude is 82. Bow out while you can still wipe your own arse,.,. Just my opinion,.,
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    • JaiGuru

      How "clever" of you to decide for someone else when they've had enough. Where would we be without you to dictate for us when it's time to die.

  • Americassage

    Nimoy has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. In this disease the fabric of the lung is so damaged that every breath is extremely difficult for the person. Their bodies receive insufficient oxygen causing hardships no one should experience. As a great fan of Nimoy I am saddened to hear of his plight. Hopefully his doctors can make him comfortable. Mark Davis MD