Veteran actor Leonard Nimoy, best known as Spock in the
1960s television series Star Trek and a string of feature films that followed,
said he was "doing OK” after being diagnosed with lung disease and urged fans
to quit smoking.
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'Live long and prosper'
“Smokers, please understand. If you quit after you're
diagnosed with lung damage it's too late. Grandpa says learn my lesson. Quit
now,” Nimoy tweeted to his 810 000 followers.
In Nimoy's case, the actor said, he was diagnosed despite
having quit smoking 30 years ago.
The 82-year-old actor added he was “doing OK. Just can't
walk distances,” and he signed off with "LLAP", an abbreviation of his
character's trademark phrase, “live long and prosper”.
Nimoy first revealed in a Twitter message posted last week
that he has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, a severe lung
ailment that the US surgeon general has concluded is linked to smoking.
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Representatives for the actor did not immediately respond to
Reuters' request for further comment.
Nimoy, a native of Boston, has become synonymous with his
role as Spock, the fictional half-human, half-Vulcan first officer and later
commander of the starship Enterprise, in the television and film versions of Star Trek.
He most recently appeared in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek Into
Darkness last year, and is a celebrated figure among the franchise's loyal and
avid fan base.
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