After the death of Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy, tributes have poured in from across the galaxy.
Friends, family and co-stars have taken to social media to honour the 83-year-old Star Trek star. And amongst them were both William Shatner and George Takei – Nimoy’s fellow crew members from the original USS Enterprise.
“I loved him like a brother,” said Shatner via Twitter. “We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love.”
Meanwhile, Takei’s tribute was no less emotional… and even managed to fit in a classic quote from The Wrath of Khan. A fitting tribute to a man who touched so many in the role of Spock.
Rest in peace with the stars, my dear friend. pic.twitter.com/D2dVG6I9Xi
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) February 27, 2015
“My heart is broken,” he said via Twitter. “I love you profoundly my dear friend. And I will miss you every day. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”
And those sentiments were echoed by Star Trek director, J.J. Abrams, who worked with Nimoy on both instalments of the rebooted franchise. The following hand-written message clearly shows how much Nimoy meant to everyone involved in Star Trek.
“What a man you were, what a life you lived. As funny and thoughtful and generous and loving as you were talented. You taught us all, at every encounter. We will miss and love you forever.”
— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) February 27, 2015
It’s not just those directly involved with Nimoy’s Star Trek stints. After all, the original series spawned a number of new projects including The Next Generation. Captain Picard himself took to Twitter to express his sadness.
“I was lucky to spend many happy, inspiring hours with him,” he said. “He won't be forgotten.”
And Jonathon Frakes – Commander William Riker – put it simply:
“RIP to the best First Officer.”
Of course, the geekiest of the Enterprise crew, Will Wheaton, explained why Nimoy ws so important to everybody who came after him.
“We stood on your shoulders,” he said, “and wouldn’t have had a galaxy to explore if you hadn’t been there, first.”
Perhaps most appropriately, real-life astronauts Mike Fincke from NASA and and Luca Parmitano from ESA recorded this touching video.
Clearly, Leonard Nimoy touched many lives in his long career as the often-emotionaless Mr Spock. He lived long and prospered… and paved the way for sci-fi geekdom to come. R.I.P Leonard Nimoy.
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