Many of Leonard Nimoy’s friends and fans have reacted to news of his passing on social media.
His most iconic friend — the Kirk to his Spock — wrote:
“I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love.” -William Shatner http://t.co/U8ZN98tVYp
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) February 27, 2015
Upon learning of his death, George Takei — who played Sulu on Star Trek — called in to Andrea Mitchell Reports and said, “the word ‘extraordinary’ is often overused, but I think it’s really appropriate for Leonard. He was an extraordinarily talented man, but he was also a very decent human being. His talent embraced directing, as well as acting and photography. He was a very sensitive man. And we feel his passing very much, he had been ill for a long, long time. And we miss him very much. He’d been there for a long, long time, and we miss him very much.” Zachary Quinto, who plays “Spock” in the JJ Abrams reboots of the Star Trek franchise, wrote:
my heart is broken. i love you profoundly my dear friend. and i will miss you everyday. may flights… https://t.co/WPJmt1X4oxADVERTISEMENT
— Zachary Quinto (@ZacharyQuinto) February 27, 2015
NASA — which would not have been the program it is without the Star Trek fans who populate its offices — wrote:
— NASA (@NASA) February 27, 2015
Avengers director Joss Whedon simply shared:
This, too pic.twitter.com/6ycS6YMF0V
— Joss Whedon (@josswhedon) February 27, 2015ADVERTISEMENT
Will Wheaton, who played Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation, wrote:
We stood on your shoulders, and wouldn’t have had a galaxy to explore if you hadn’t been there, first. Thank you, Leonard, Rest in peace.
— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) February 27, 2015ADVERTISEMENT
Clerks director and noted nerd Kevin Smith quoted some of the most famous lines ever uttered about Nimoy’s character:
“Of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most… Human.” Farewell, Leonard Nimoy – Actor, Director, Pop culture icon.
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) February 27, 2015
Comedian W. Kamau Bell wrote:
Leonard Nimoy died an 83 y/o cultural icon with 3 children & 6 grand children & 1 great grandchild. Clearly he took his own advice. #RIP
— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) February 27, 2015
President Barack Obama released a statement that reads:
Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy. Leonard was a lifelong lover of the arts and humanities, a supporter of the sciences, generous with his talent and his time. And of course, Leonard was Spock. Cool, logical, big-eared and level-headed, the center of Star Trek’s optimistic, inclusive vision of humanity’s future. I loved Spock. In 2007, I had the chance to meet Leonard in person. It was only logical to greet him with the Vulcan salute, the universal sign for Live long and prosper.” And after 83 years on this planet – and on his visits to many others – it’s clear Leonard Nimoy did just that. Michelle and I join his family, friends, and countless fans who miss him so dearly today.
But perhaps the most poignant tribute of all came from Nimoy himself, whose final tweet read:
A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP
— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) February 23, 2015