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Leonard Nimoy and Star Trek's Jewish stars, William Shatner. DeForest Kelley, who played "Bones," the ship's doctor, typically used the tricorder to examine his patients. Spock used the tricorder to collect scientific data.

By Gil Tanenbaum

Published at Jewish Business News


Leonard Nimoy (Leonard Simon ben Dora) was rushed to the hospital after having chest pains. He was taken to UCLA Medical Center last Thursday. The 83 year old actor is suffering from a lung disease.

The actor tweeted on Sunday, “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP.”

Born to Yiddish speaking Orthodox Jewish immigrants from Ukraine in Boston, Nimoy is obviously best known for having played Mr. Spock on the original and most iconic Star Trek series.

Nimoy has been hospitalized before due to complications from COPD — Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease — and he is said to carry an oxygen bag around with him everywhere. About the illness, he once tweeted, “I quit smoking 30 years ago. Not soon enough. I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit now!! LLAP [Live Long and Prosper].”

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