Beloved sci-fi icon Leonard Nimoy has passed away at the age of 83.
Nimoy was rushed to the hospital after suffering chest pains earlier this week. He was eventually released, and passed away at his home in Bel Air this morning.
The actor had reportedly been battling chronic pulmonary disease.
Nimoy is best known for his role as Spock on the original Star Trek television series. He reprised the role in several feature films based on the franchise, including the J.J. Abrams-directed reboot and its 2013 sequel.
Throughout his six-decade career in Hollywood, Nimoy appeared in more than 130 movies and television programs.
In addition to acting, Nimoy dabbled in music, photography and poetry. He is survived by two children, including a son, Adam Nimoy, who followed in his father’s footsteps by directing several science-fiction projects.
Nimoy’s beloved Star Trek character is often linked to the famous catchphrase, "Live long and prosper." You’ll likely hear that line quoted often in the next few days, as it seems to perfectly encapsulate the actor’s time on the Earth.
Friends and fan say that those who knew Nimoy best cherished his wisdom and kind spirit as much as the rest of the world treasured his body of work.
Though his half-Vulcan alter-ego was known for his lack of emotion, Nimoy’s death is sure to unleash a tidal wave of fond memories and warm sentiments the world over.