Star Trek‘s Leonard Nimoy, who millions of fans knew as the character Spock, died on Friday, Feb. 27, at his home in L.A., his wife confirmed to the New York Times. He was 83.
According to Susan Bay Nimoy, the cause of death was “end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,” or COPD, which he revealed he had in February 2014. He was reportedly hospitalized earlier this week.
Nimoy was 82 when he announced he’d been diagnosed with COPD three decades after he quit smoking. “I’m doing OK,” he tweeted at the time. “Just can’t walk distances. Love my life, family, friends, and followers.”
In a separate tweet, he urged fans to stop smoking, signing it the way he signed every tweet: “LLAP,” an abbreviation for his signature phrase on Star Trek, “Live long and prosper.”
RIP, Spock 😦