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Leonard Nimoy: ‘Star Trek’ Actor Reveals He Has Lung Disease

Fri, February 7, 2014 7:56am EDT by Shaunna Murphy 4 Comments
Leonard Nimoy Lung Disease
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Beloved ‘Star Trek’ actor Leonard Nimoy, who played the beloved half-human, half-Vulcan Spock over the course of decades, revealed that he is suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on Twitter.

82-year-old Leonard Nimoy has lived long, and hopefully he will continue to prosper. The iconic Star Trek actor took to Twitter to tell his legions of adoring fans that he was suffering from lung disease, urging them to quit smoking in the process.

Leonard Nimoy: ‘Star Trek’ Actor Reveals He Has Lung Disease

Now we know why Leonard was being carried around in a wheelchair when he arrived at Los Angeles’ LAX airport in January.

Leonard Nimoy Arrives At LAX

The actor, who played Mr. Spock from 1966 to 1969 then reprised the role in later Star Trek movies, revealed that he has COPD, which is the third leading cause of death in the United States according to the National Institutes of Health, on his Twitter page on Jan. 28. “I quit smoking 30 yrs ago. Not soon enough. I have COPD.” he wrote.

The disease is indeed primarily caused by cigarette smoking, and most people who have COPD smoke or used to smoke. It makes breathing extremely difficult, and causes coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and other breathing-related issues.

Basically, COPD is awful, and‘s thoughts go out to Leonard as he deals with his illness. However, the actor has been more than cheerful and inspiring on his Twitter page, facing his illness head-on and letting his fans know exactly how he’s feeling. “I’m doing OK. Just can’t walk distances. Love my life,family, friends and followers. LLAP,” he wrote, referring to the “live long and prosper” catchphrase made famous by his character.

We love you, Spock!

— Shaunna Murphy

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