Live Long and Prosper Leonard Nimoy

Story by Maggie Brown, staff writer

Leonard Nimoy, best known for his role as Spock on the classic TV show Star Trek, passed away on February 27. His wife, Susan, has confirmed that the cause of death was end stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The disease was attributed to his smoking, a habit he gave up over 30 years ago.

Nimoy was not just an actor. His love for the arts as well as his love for other people spanned many forms of expression. He performed in multiple movies and shows, his stage credits including one of the most iconic roles of all time, Tevye, in Fiddler on the Roof.

He was also a photographer, inspiring many with his photo collection The Full Body Project, a collection featuring women of larger sizes showing everyone that it is in fact possible to be both happy and fat.

“It’s super chill that he did that,” said Caty McGovern, 9. “There isn’t a lot of media out there that paints big women in a good light.”

The lovable half-human, half-vulcan character of Spock resonated with a wide range of people, and the man who played him was included in their appreciation. He was an excellent actor, an excellent man, and some fans of the Star Trek franchise considered him to be their honorary grandfather.

As Nimoy’s last tweet before his passing reads, “Life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP.” Leonard Nimoy ended all of his tweets with Spock’s most famous phrase, live long and prosper.

And now that his life has ended it can be said, with utmost sincerity, he lived long and prospered.

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