REST IN PEACE LEONARD NIMOY
Earlier this week I was saddened to hear that Leonard Nimoy had been hospitalised as a result of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and yesterday I was devastated to find, after a massive shift at work, that he had passed away at the age of 83.
For me, Leonard Nimoy is an icon who I childishly believed could live forever. Like Robin Williams, he had a certain awe that is rare to find in the movie industry in this modern age. His role as the half human-half Vulcan character, Mr Spock, in the original Star Trek series gave him the position as being a household name, and having checked my social media sites, it seems that many of these households were just as broken-hearted by the news as I was.
It is only fitting that actors who had worked with Leonard took to the internet to pay their tributes to him. William Shatner who starred alongside Nimoy as Captain Kirk in the original Star Trek series referred to him as being ‘like a brother’ whose ‘capacity to love’ will be strongly missed. Zachary Quinto who reprised the role of Mr Spock in the most current Star Trek adaptations called Nimoy ‘a dear friend’ and NASA even took to Twitter to state how Nimoy and the Star Trek series acted as inspirations for their work.
It was in 1966 that Leonard Nimoy first starred in the role that made him a cultural icon. In that time he has also broadened his career as a director, bringing films such as Three Men and a Baby to our screens.
His last Tweet came on Monday in which he shared that “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory.” I hope that Nimoy’s passion for arts, humanities and science can be preserved for the future, and that his memory will remain in the hearts of movie and science fiction lovers for many years and decades to come.
Boldly go where no man has gone before Mr Nimoy, may you live long and prosper in the hearts of the industry and fans across the world forever.