Leonard Nimoy, famed for his portrayal of Mr. Spock on the "Star Trek" science fiction TV series and movies, has died after battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 83.
Nimoy, who had grappled with a love-hate relationship for his logical human-alien screen self, died Friday morning. His granddaughter confirmed Nimoy’s death in a post to his Twitter account, @TheRealNimoy.
"Leonard Nimoy created a positive role model who inspired untold numbers of viewers to learn more about the universe. Many of those people are ardent space supporters and industry leaders today," Space Foundation Chief Executive Elliot Pulham said in a statement.