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Actor, artist and philanthropist Leonard Nimoy dies at 83

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Matt Bradwell
Leonard Nimoy, pictured here at the Star Trek Into Darkness premiere, died Friday at age 83 . File photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Leonard Nimoy, pictured here at the "Star Trek Into Darkness" premiere, died Friday at age 83 . File photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Leonard Nimoy, most known for his iconic role as Spock in the Star Trek television series and subsequent film franchise, died in Los Angeles on Friday. He was 83.

The New York Times reports Nimoy's wife Susan Bay Nimoy confirmed her husband died of "end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease" in the couple's Bel-Air home Friday morning.

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"He was an extraordinary man, husband, grandfather, brother, actor, author ... and friend, Nimoy's grandson Dani said in a statement released by post-mortem Twitter service TwitLonger, adding, "Thank you for the warm condolences. May you all [live long and prosper]."

Nimoy had been suffering from COPD for over a year, after developing the disease from years of smoking over a pack of cigarettes per day.

"I quit smoking 30 yrs ago. Not soon enough," Nimoy tweeted in Jan. 2014, publicly announcing his COPD diagnosis.

A month later, appearing on CNN, Nimoy described himself as an "Olympic championship smoker" at the height of his nicotine addiction.

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"I could smoke in the shower. I could smoke anyplace. It's something that was part of my culture -- my gang, my guys, it was cool to be able to light a cigarette."

On Feb. 19, Nimoy checked in to UCLA Medical Center complaining of chest pains after paramedics had to be called to his home.

Although most commonly recognized for playing the Enterprise's nerve-pinching, Bones-foiling, unshakably logical first officer, Nimoy devoted his career to a broad variety of artistic endeavors, including photography, poetry and philanthropic support.

"Actors contribute to a presentation, but there is no object that comes out of the work," Nimoy told The Columbus Dispatch in 2006 after donating $40,000 to the University of Ohio's Wexner Center for the Arts.

"I love the idea that I can get up in the morning with an idea and by the end of the day have something I can give you, hang on the wall or give to a gallery."

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