Sad news to report this afternoon i’m afraid – actor Leonard Nimoy who most famously played Spock in  Star Trek The Original Series from 1966-69 and who appeared in 8 subsequent movies has died at the age of 83.

According to the New York Times, his wife Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

He was taken into hospital 2 day ago and it seems that his illness was too great from which to recover.

Leonard Nimoy will be remembered as one of the great science fiction actors of our time. When you think Sci-Fi – you think Star Trek which led the way for so many other amazing sci-fi shows and that genre would not be what it is today without people like Nimoy. His last movie was aptly Star Trek in 2013.

Nimoy is survived by his wife, his children, Adam and Julie Nimoy; a stepson, Aaron Bay Schuck; and six grandchildren; one great-grandchild, and an older brother, Melvin.

Thanks for helping us to live long and proser Leonard, now go and sit down and boldly go where you’ve not gone before.

Here’s some of our highlights from his amazing career

Star Trek (2009)

Leonard Nimoy in The Simpsons