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There has been an outpouring of love and grief online today, after news broke that legendary actor Leonard Nimoy had died.
Leonard’s wife Susan Bay Nimoy confirmed earlier today that he had passed away, the result of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
The Star Trek star was 83.
Mr. Spock, Star Trek, and #LLAP (for Live Long and Prosper) were all trending on Twitter before long, with thousands upon thousands of people expressing their sadness and sharing stories of how Star Trek, and Leonard’s character Spock in particular, had impacted their lives.
Star Trek co-star William Shatner, who played Captain James T. Kirk on the show, was among them.
“I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love.” -William Shatner http://t.co/U8ZN98tVYp
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) February 27, 2015
Star Trek: The Next Generation actor Wil Wheaton thanked Leonard in his tribute.
We stood on your shoulders, and wouldn’t have had a galaxy to explore if you hadn’t been there, first. Thank you, Leonard, Rest in peace. — Wil Wheaton (@wilw) February 27, 2015
Canadian ‘Star Trek’ fans have found a great way to honor Leonard Nimoy.
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And NASA, shared a photo of a 1976 visit from the Star Trek cast.
— NASA (@NASA) February 27, 2015
The following is a tiny handful of the tweets from fans in the hours following the news.
Goodbye Leonard Nimoy. Major part in shaping who I am today, huge cultural icon, and the world is lucky we had him. #LLAP
— Cat O’Connor (@perfectlycat) February 27, 2015
— Jackie Simard (@Jaquois13) February 27, 2015
— heidi heidi8 (@travelingheidi) February 27, 2015
And finally, Leonard’s moving last tweet.
A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP — Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) February 23, 2015