LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 22: Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock and William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk in the STAR TREK episode, 'Plato's Stepchildren.' Original air date, November 22, 1968. Season 3, episode 10. Image is a screen grab. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
After William Shatner said that he wouldn't be able to make it to Leonard Nimoy's funeral on Sunday due to a prior commitment he had for the Red Cross Ball in Florida on Saturday night, he honored his words by saying he would remember his friend and celebrate his life.
Leonard Nimoy & William Shatner during Mind Meld: Secrets Behind the Voyage of a Lifetime In Store at FYE Store in Century City, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
American actor Leonard Nimoy appears as Mr. Spock in a scene from 'The Man Trap,' the premiere episode of 'Star Trek,' which aired on September 8, 1966. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
The New York Times has confirmed the actor, best known for his role as Dr. Spock in 'Star Trek,' died at his home friday morning in Los Angeles.
It’s only surrendering slightly to hyperbole to say that, for many people, Leonard Nimoy was 'Star Trek'. Certainly, Spock - the emotionless Vulcan who nonetheless acted as an everyman as often as he did a dispassionate outsider - was not only the role he was most often associated with, it is the longest-loved character inside the franchise, with Nimoy appearing both in the very first episode filmed and the most recent movie, 2013’s 'Star Trek Into Darkness'.
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 15: Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock and Nichelle Nichols as Lieutenant Uhura in the STAR TREK episode, 'Charlie X.' Season 1, episode, 2. Original air date September 15, 1966. Image is a screen grab. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 22: Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock in the STAR TREK episode, 'Where No Man Has Gone Before.' Season 1, Episode 3. Original air date, September 22, 1966. Image is a frame grab. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
circa 1967: American actor Leonard Nimoy wears a starship uniform as Mr Spock in a promotional portrait for the science fiction television series, 'Star Trek'. (Photo by NBC Television/Getty Images)
American actor Leonard Nimoy, circa 1967. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 5: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE Leonard Nimoy as Paris in 'Fool's Gold'. Image dated August 5, 1969. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 19: Leonard Nimoy as Paris in the Mission Impossible episode, 'The Killer.' Original air date, September 19, 1970. Image is a frame grab. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
Promotional headshot of the actor Leonard Nimoy, as he appears in the movie 'Catlow', 1971. (Photo by Stanley Bielecki Movie Collection/Getty Images)
William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy during 59th Annual Academy Awards at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 9: Leonard Nimoy and Susan Bay attend 17th Annual American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Awards Honoring Gregory Peck on March 9, 1989 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Leonard Nimoy poses for a photograph in New York City on April 28, 1999. Photo by Todd Plitt/ImageDirect*** SPECIAL RATES APPLY ***
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Actor Leonard Nimoy presents his photography exhibition and his book 'Shekhina' at the Skirball Cultural Center on September 25,2002 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michel Boutefeu/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - APRIL 26: Actor Leonard Nimoy attends the 13th Annual Hollywood Charity Horse Show at Burbank Equestrian Center on April 26, 2003 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Robert Mora/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 9: Actor Leonard Nimoy promotes the 'Star Trek' 40th Anniversary on the TV Land network at the Four Seasons hotel August 9, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. Episodes of the show will air September 8. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Susan Bay and Leonard Nimoy (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 26: Leonard Nimoy at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on April 26, 2009. (Photo by Munawar Hosain/Fotos International/Getty Images) Reproduction by American tabloids is absolutely forbidden.
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 22 -- Pictured: (l-r) Zachary Quinto, Leonard Nimoy, Chris Pine, Seth Meyers during the 'Weekend Update' skit on May 9, 2009 (Photo by Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Former Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy speaks to the media at the 26th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S., on Thursday, April 15, 2010. The symposium is put on by the Space Foundation. Photographer: Matthew Staver/Bloomberg via Getty Images
BOSTON - MAY 20: Actor Leonard Nimoy makes the gesture that made him famous when he played Spock on Star Trek, after receiving his honorary degree during the Boston University commencement cereomony on Nickerson Field in Boston, Mass. on Sunday, May 20, 2012. (Photo by Yoon S. Byun/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy at the Hammer Museum gala in the garden on September 24, 2011 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/WireImage)
BOSTON - MAY 9: Leonard Nimoy delivers a lecture to more than 1,000 people as a guest of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University's Metcalf Hall on Monday, May 9, 2011. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 06: Actor Leonard Nimoy attends Entertainment Weekly's CapeTown Film Festival presented by The American Cinematheque and sponsored by TNT's 'Falling Skies' at the Egyptian Theatre on May 6, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Leonard Nimoy attends Walter Koenig's induction into the Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 10, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 14: Actor Leonard Nimoy arrives at the premiere of Paramount Pictures' 'Star Trek Into Darkness' at the Dolby Theatre on May 14, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Leonard Nimoy, the much-beloved "Star Trek" star, passed away on Friday at his Bel Air residence in Los Angeles. He was 83.
Nimoy's wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed the news to the New York Times and said his death was caused by the final stages of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Nimoy was hospitalized earlier this week at the UCLA Medical Center after suffering from chest pain. Last year the veteran actor revealed he had pulmonary disease (COPD), which he blamed on years of smoking -- a habit he had given up 30 years prior.
Nimoy, who was best known for his role as Mr. Spock on "Star Trek" held down a variety of roles in his over 50-year career and earned four Emmy Award nominations for his outstanding contributions to film and television.
Nimoy sent out his last tweet to his 1.1 million followers on Feb. 23, reading: "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP."
A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP