So long Mr. Spock…


Leonard Nimoy, best knows as  Mr. Spock in Star Trek, has passed away today, he was 83 years old. Another great one gone.

Leonard Nimoy quit smoking a long time ago, in on of his last tweets he wrote:

 “I quit smoking 30 yrs ago. Not soon enough. I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit now!! LLAP*.”

The media published a picture of him last week, as he was wheeled through an airport wearing an oxygen mask. Then he tweeted:

“Smokers, please understand. If you quit after you’re diagnosed with lung damage it’s too late. Grandpa says learn my lesson. Quit now,”. “I’m doing OK. Just can’t walk distances. Love my life, family, friends and followers.”

I grew up with Leonard Nimoy, I became a Trekkie when I was a young child. Star Trek was my all time favorite TV Show. I was glued in front of the TV every time it came on. The USS Enterprise was flying into space with it’s crew and I was with them…each and every time.

Until this day I smile when I hear the opening words of the TV series: “Space the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds; to seek out new life and new civilisations; to boldly go where no man has gone before.” – Captain James T. Kirk

His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Please, listen to Leonard Nimoy. COPD is serious.

24 Million Americans have COPD, half of them don’t know yet that they have it. COPD is a progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe. “Progressive” means the disease gets worse over time. COPD can cause coughing that produces large amounts of mucus (a slimy substance), wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and other symptoms. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of COPD. Most people who have COPD smoke or used to smoke. (Source NIH).

So, I say Good-bye to Mr. Nimoy and my heart is heavy. Thank you for all the great hours I spent with you.

leonard nimoy vucan salute

*For everybody who is not a Trekkie LLAP means Live long and prosper.

7 thoughts on “So long Mr. Spock…

  1. My mother just passed away from Stage IV lung cancer. Along with that she had COPD, emphysema, and chronic heart failure. Due to the fact that she lied about her smoking to every physician she ever met, she never had a lung x-ray. By the time they found the cancer it was way to late. 60 years of smoking. She told me, before she died, that if someone offered her a cigarette right then, she would still smoke it. Addiction is a terrible thing, but it will kill you. RIP Mr. Spock.

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    • I am so sorry to hear about you Mom. I started my blog the Happy Quitter last year when I quit smoking. My Sister in law got diagnosed with stage IV Lung cancer when I celebrated my 5 months smoke-free. Doctors said she had around 5 month to live. It hit me hard. She was my age and like me a long time smoker. She passed away before Thanksgiving. The end was horrible to watch. We left the funeral and the smokers started smoking on their way to the car. I am glad I could stop as easy as I did. So sorry for you loss.


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