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Leonard Nimoy Dead at 83

Leonard Nimoy has died, according to a report from The New York Times.

The actor, musician, photographer, and pop culture icon was 83.

See also: Finding Nimoy: Examining the Unsung Musical Merits of the Man Who Played Spock

He reportedly died on the morning of Friday, February 27, of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Nimoy famously portrayed the hyper-literal Vulcan brainiac Mister Spock on the original Star Trek television series and in films that followed.

His musical pursuits veered hard toward kitschy, but his mostly overlooked output deserved revisiting, as former New Times music editor Jason P. Woodbury did in 2011. That was the same year the perennial trekker favorite appeared at Phoenix Comicon.

Nimoy penned two books, I Am Not Spock and I Am Spock, and hosted paranormal investigation show In Search Of... The program was originally set to feature Rod Serling, but Nimoy took over when Serling passed away.

In 2009 and 2013, he reprised his role as Spock in J.J. Abrams' takes on the Star Trek franchise. Nimoy also appeared on sci-fi series Fringe, which Jackalope Ranch named one of the best TV shows of 2013.

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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
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