These Leonard Nimoy farewells from friends and fellow travelers will hit your heart-spot
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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:

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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:

NASA -- which would not have been the program it is without the Star Trek fans who populate its offices -- wrote:

Avengers director Joss Whedon simply shared:

Will Wheaton, who played Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation, wrote:

Clerks director and noted nerd Kevin Smith quoted some of the most famous lines ever uttered about Nimoy's character:

Comedian W. Kamau Bell wrote:

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: