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President Obama On Leonard Nimoy’s Passing: ‘I Loved Spock’
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President Barack Obama Vulcan salute Leonard Nimoy

Today, the world mourns the death of the great Leonard Nimoy, best known for bringing to life the character of Mr. Spock on Star Trek. The actor had fans far and wide and touched so many people, including U.S. President Barack Obama, who is a self-professed Star Trek fan and has flashed the Vulcan “Live Long and Prosper” salute many times, including when he met Trek star Nichelle Nichols, as well as when he met Spock himself.

Earlier today, The White House issued a statement from the President on Nimoy’s passing, where he stated “I loved Spock.”

You can see the President’s full statement here below, along with the post from the official White House Twitter account:

Leonard Nimoy, whose Spock was a half-human/half-Vulcan who would give the salute and valediction “Live Long and Prosper,” passed away this morning at his home in Los Angeles, CA, after being hospitalized at UCLA Medical Center with chest pains over a week away. The 83-year-old actor revealed last year that he was diagnosed with COPD, a progressive lung disease that affects one’s ability to breathe, and that the cause was his decades of being a smoker. Nimoy’s wife, Susan, confirmed to the press this morning that her husband died from end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Nimoy was very active on social media, signing his message with Spock’s “LLAP”; his final post to Twitter was on February 23, 2015 where he wrote, “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP”

After news broke, the actor’s family posted to his Twitter account:

Leonard Nimoy 1931-2015
Hi all, as you all know, my Grandpa passed away this morning at 8:40 from end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was an extraordinary man, husband, grandfather, brother, actor, author-the list goes on- and friend. Thank you for the warm condolences. May you all LLAP. – Dani

P.s. I will be putting special shirts up on our site, SHOPLLAP.com , where all of the proceeds will go to the COPD Foundation. I hope to hear from you all.

William Shatner, who starred all these decades as Captain Kirk on Star Trek along with Nimoy, posted about his friend’s passing:

We loved Spock, too.

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