This morning we learned that Sci-Fi icon and beloved actor Leonard Nimoy passed away at the age of 83. Loved by many as the half-human, half-Vulcan Spock on Star Trek, Nimoy warmed hearts for generations.
Spock's phrase "Live long and prosper" began as a Star Trek-ism, but became much larger than that as many embraced the term as a gesture of empathy and good will — themes prevalent in Star Trek.
Fans and friends expressed their feelings on Twitter.
He's not really dead... As long as we remember him. #RIPLeonardNimoy— David Fury (@TheDavidFury) February 27, 2015
Lived long and prospered. Deserved to. #RIPLeonardNimoy— James O'Brien (@mrjamesob) February 27, 2015
Others took to Tumblr to mourn the actor via art.
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Always a wordsmith, Nimoy's final tweet reminds us that while Spock was prized for his intellect, it was Nimoy's heart that was his most important quality.
A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) February 23, 2015
Live long and prosper.