William Shatner is leading tributes to his longtime Star Trek sidekick Leonard Nimoy following the news of his death on Friday.
Shatner, who played Captain Kirk opposite Nimoy’s Mr. Spock on TV and in movies for two decades, has released a statement, in which he reveals he loved the late actor, photographer and director “like a brother”.
He adds, “We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love.”
Zachary Quinto, who played the younger Spock in J.J. Abrams Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness prequels, was one of many famous friends who posted tributes on Instagram and Facebook.
He wrote, “my heart is broken. i love you profoundly my dear friend. and i will miss you everyday. may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest”, while Jeri Ryan, who portrayed Seven of Nine in the Star Trek: Voyager TV series, tweeted, “RIP, Mr. Nimoy. You really did live long and prosper, and we were all the richer for it.”
And Nimoy’s longtime Star Trek colleague George Takei has taken to Facebook with his thoughts, adding, “Today, the world lost a great man, and I lost a great friend. We return you now to the stars, Leonard. You taught us to ‘Live Long And Prosper’, and you indeed did, friend. I shall miss you in so many, many ways.”
Seth MacFarlane, director Kevin Smith, Ben Stiller, Mia Farrow, Alyssa Milano, Roseanne Barr, Josh Gad and Boy George were also among the first celebrities to pay tribute to Nimoy on social media.
Leonard Nimoy brought us one of the greatest, noblest characters in the history of American storytelling. Someone find the Genesis planet.
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) February 27, 2015
"Of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most… Human." Farewell, Leonard Nimoy – Actor, Director, Pop culture icon.
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) February 27, 2015
— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) February 27, 2015
— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) February 27, 2015
Leonard Nimoy! You will forever be part of us all! Rest. Rest with the angels.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) February 27, 2015
#LeonardNimoy illustr8d th blessing of Th High Priest on Star Trek-every1 who watched th show received his loving intentions thru his hands.
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) February 27, 2015
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) February 27, 2015
Beam me up! R.I.P Leonard Nimoy.
— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) February 27, 2015
— Jonathan Frakes (@jonathansfrakes) February 27, 2015
The beloved actor lost his battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at his home in Bel Air, Los Angeles on Friday morning. He was 83.
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