President Obama Mourns The Death Of Leonard Nimoy

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After it had been announced that Leonard Nimoy had passed away at the age of 83 from COPD, President Obama issued a statement that paid tribute to the man who brought Spock to life.

In a statement, the president said:

Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy. Leonard was a lifelong lover of the arts and humanities, a supporter of the sciences, generous with his talent and his time. And of course, Leonard was Spock. Cool, logical, big-eared and level-headed, the center of Star Trek’s optimistic, inclusive vision of humanity’s future.

I loved Spock.

In 2007, I had the chance to meet Leonard in person. It was only logical to greet him with the Vulcan salute, the universal sign for “Live long and prosper.” And after 83 years on this planet – and on his visits to many others – it’s clear Leonard Nimoy did just that. Michelle and I join his family, friends, and countless fans who miss him so dearly today.

To anyone who was a child during the 1970s when Star Trek became a pop culture phenomenon through reruns, Leonard Nimoy will always be Spock. Nimoy will also always be known as the person who replaced Rod Serling as the host of In Search of… But Nimoy was so much more. He was a published poet, and an accomplished photographer.

In recent months, Nimoy appeared to be saying goodbye on Twitter.

His final tweet a few days ago was:

Leonard Nimoy became a timeless pop culture icon by playing Spock, but the man demonstrated a warmth and care for others that will be deeply missed.

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14 Replies to “President Obama Mourns The Death Of Leonard Nimoy”

  1. As I myself am no longer young, his last posted insight gives me cause for reflection.

    Mortality is a wine like no other…

  2. Live long and prosper in the stars where you belong. May we meet you again in other lives in other places and in other times. LOVE you and your brilliant MR. Spock. Peace be with you and your family friends FELLOW actors and most of all your fans.

  3. Mr. Nimoy was so inspiring and kind, seeing him at conventions in person is such a precious memory. LLAP in the next world!

  4. It hurts to see him go. T_T

    That said…I’m thinking he’s probably whooping it up now with DeForest Kelley, Jimmy Doohan, The Great Bird of the Galaxy and his wife (Gene Roddenberry and Majel Barret Roddenberry).

    He is an example of a life well lived…one of the many ways we can flower into our many internal gifts if/when we embrace them without fear and with love…

    And, given what we’ve seen from the chaps on the other side of the aisle the past 6 years, he’s made me more determined to push past fear and hate and to prove the truth of the Vulcan motto:

    “Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations”

    Happy ‘Graduation’ day, noble soul…we’ll miss you, but your joyous day on the other side is well-earned…with spiritual hugs sent from us all on Earth…

    A ‘Live Long and Prosper’ comes from this Vulcan, as well… ;)

    *Sniff* :(

  5. I had the pleasure of working with him on political campaigns, doing house meetings so I got to know him a bit. He was a soft-spoken, kind hearted person easy to talk with and lovely to know. He wasn’t one to try to lead everything but followed and did what HE could for the candidates we supported. If he’d been at the back of the room, you’d never know he was there.

    I feel his loss very deeply even though it’s been years since we met up. I always carried the knowledge that I’d been privileged to have a tiny glimpse of a truly good human being in him.

    Live long and prosper, Mr. Nimoy. You gave us so much. I hope we gave you a little.

  6. So many projects, and such devotion! I loved his science mystery show, “In Search Of…” back in the 70s, and just about everything he did, even the voiceovers on the Civilization games. No one can ever push the edge like he did. Miss you!

  7. RIP my hero, my inspiration, I fell in love with Star Trek from the beginning in fall of 1966. As a young child I admired his cool, very logical character and as a black youth growing up in Detroit my dream was to be Mr. Spock. To this day, I owe my quest for knowledge to Mr. Nimoy, he’s a icon to all races, creeds and gender!! BTW I had a LP caled “Mr Spock’ Music From Outter Space”, singing Star Trek themes and other contemporary music, truly a man for ALL seasons.

  8. I will certainly miss Spock, I loved him and thought he made the show. Am really sad to hear of his passing.
    My sympathies to his family, friends and fans the world over.
    RIP Spock, may you live long and prosper where ever you are now.

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