UPDATE (Sunday, Mar. 1, 1:35 p.m. ET): With his funeral being held today, late Star Trek star Leonard Nimoy has received a posthumous honour that is literally out of this world.
NASA astronaut Terry Wirts is currently orbiting planet Earth in the International Space Station, and paid his respects to Nimoy from space, the final frontier, sending a “Live Long and Prosper”; Vulcan salute via Twitter:
— Terry W. Virts (@AstroTerry) February 28, 2015
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js— UPDATE (Saturday, Feb. 28, 1:20 p.m. ET): Mourning the loss of the Star Trek co-star he called his “brother,”; William Shatner won’t be able to attend the funeral of the late Leonard Nimoy, to be held Sunday, due to a prior engagement for the Red Cross. Shatner broke the news in a series of tweets this morning, admitting he feels “really awful”; about the situation, but implores fans to “spend some time tomorrow celebrating Leonard’s life and remembering the man”;:
I am currently in FL as I agreed to appear at the Red Cross Ball tonight. Leonard’s funeral is tomorrow. I can’t make it back in time. — William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) February 28, 2015
I feel really awful. Here I am doing charity work and one of my dearest friends is being buried.
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) February 28, 2015
So maybe tomorrow we come together here and celebrate his life. — William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) February 28, 2015
So let’s spend some time tomorrow celebrating Leonard’s life and remembering the man.
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) February 28, 2015
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js— After news broke earlier this week that Leonard Nimoy had been hospitalized for severe chest pains, we’re sad to learn that the beloved Star Trek actor known as Spock has died at 83. The star’s wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, has confirmed his death, telling The New York Times the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The LAFD has confirmed paramedics responded to a medical call at the Bel-Air home of Leonard Nimoy at 7:31 a.m. on Thursday, February 19 and he was transported to UCLA Medical Center. After Star Trek“s three-season run on NBC, the show took on a whole new life in syndicated reruns. This proved to be a double-edged sword for Nimoy, who wrote of his frustrations with being typecast in his autobiography I Am Not Spock. Once Star Trek was revived for the big screen in a series of movies, Nimoy reinvented himself as a director, helming Star Trek“s III and IV as well as such hits as Three Men and a Baby. In recent years, Nimoy reprised the role of Spock in J.J. Abrams” Star Trek reboot, and also guest starred in a recurring guest star role on the Fox sci-fi series Fringe. According to reps for the Hollywood Walk of Fame, flowers will be placed on Nimoy’s star at 10:30 a.m. PT this morning. Nimoy’s longtime co-star William Shatner issued the following statement regarding his passing: “I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humour, his talent and his capacity to love.”; Nichelle Nichols, Captain Nyota Uhura on “Star Trek”;, on the passing of her co-star: “I am deeply saddened by the death of my dear friend Leonard Nimoy. But, I also want to celebrate his extraordinary life. He was a true force of strength and his character was that of a champion. Leonard’s integrity and passion as an actor and devotion to his craft helped transport Star Trek into television history. His vision and heart are bigger than the universe. I will miss him very much and send heartfelt wishes to his family.”; Steve Guttenberg released this statement: “Leonard Nimoy was smart, warm and had a personality that made everyone feel comfortable. He was a talented actor, director, poet and photographer. But his most enduring quality was his kindness and his desire to make you the most you could be. Like everyone who knew or knew of him, I will miss him.”; Prior to his passing, Nimoy sent out this poignant final tweet: And Nimoy’s grandson posted a tweet from the late actor’s Twitter account on Friday:
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsImmediately after news of Nimoy’s death broke, celebs took to social media to pay their respects, including members of Nimoy’s Star Trek family.
It is with sadness that I heard of Leonard Nimoy’s death. I was lucky to spend many happy, inspiring hours with him. He won’t be forgotten. — Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) February 27, 2015
Farewell Leonard. Glad I knew you. Thinking of Susan, Adam, and his entire family. And his vast extended family of Star Trek. — Brent Spiner (@BrentSpiner) February 27, 2015
I just saw that Leonard Nimoy has passed on. We didn’t know each other well, but I’m glad I spent the time with him I did. A wonderful man. — Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) February 27, 2015
Leonard Nimoy brought us one of the greatest, noblest characters in the history of American storytelling. Someone find the Genesis planet. — Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) February 27, 2015
my heart is broken. i love you profoundly my dear friend. and i will miss you everyday. may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. A photo posted by Zachary Quinto (@zacharyquinto) on Feb 27, 2015 at 10:01am PST
I shall truly miss Leonard Nimoy. He gave us a great gift that will last for ages. A good soul and kind man. RIP — jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) February 27, 2015
Leonard Nimoy was more than Mr. Spock. But Mr. Spock is his gift to us all. Live long and prosper. HANX. — Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) February 27, 2015