Leonard Nimoy who played Spock in the 1960s original series Star Trek revealed that he was suffering from a form of lung disease. Nimoy posted on his twitter that he was suffering from COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Fans and followers of Nimoy could not help but express their concern over the shocking development.
Nimoy is best known for his critically acclaimed portrayal of the half human half Vulcan Spock in the original Star Trek series. Although the character was re-imagined in the 2009 reboot Star Trek played by Zachary Quinto, it was Nimoy who truly turned Spock into a household name. The 82-year old might no longer be as active as he used to, he still keeps himself busy by appearing in a number of movies and television series. He most recently played an older version of Spock in the J.J Abrams directed Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness. Hence it was quite heart breaking to find out that their beloved actor was suffering from such a disease.
COPD is a form of lung disease where a patient suffers from chronically poor flow of air. The disease is sometimes also known as chronic obstructive airway or lung disease. This type of illness usually worsens over time where the patient’s lung condition gradually deteriorates and so immediate effects are hard to spot. The most prominent cause of COPD is tobacco smoking but other factors such as air pollution have also been known to cause the condition. COPD is even considered one of the leading causes of deaths right behind cancer and heart related disease. So what caused the original Spock, Leonard Nimoy to suffer from this form of lung disease? Nimoy used to smoke and even though he quit smoking almost 30 years ago, the effects might have carried on.
Nimoy via his account stated that while he quit smoking long back, he feared he might have had delayed the decision of doing so. The revelation was followed by a public service announcement by Nimoy urging everyone to quit smoking before it is too late. He asked that people who smoke not wait till they develop the disease but make an effort to quit now. Despite suffering from the disease Nimoy sticks to his usual schedule and still enjoys life. He assured his fans that he has not allowed his condition to get the best of him as he wrote that he was still enjoying life.
Nimoy is known for ending all of his tweets with LLAP which means “live long and prosper.” This is something all the followers of the original series and fans of Nimoy will be wishing for him. Nimoy is regarded by many to be the face of Start Trek as they have come to know and love him over the years. He will always be remembered for playing the original version of Start Trek‘s beloved Spock and although he may be suffering from a form of lung disease, he has assured his fans that he will still enjoy life and live it to the fullest.
Editorial by Hammad Ali