R.I.P. Leonard Nimoy: Twitter’s Most Poignant Memorials

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Unless you live where no man has gone before, you’ve probably heard that actor Leonard Nimoy — the man who played Mr. Spock in the original Star Trek series — died this morning at age 83 after going into the hospital for chest pains related to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Naturally, fans and admirers have been reacting on Twitter. Here’s a handful of the most poignant memorials to his life and work:

A flower arrangement left upon Nimoy’s star on the Walk of Fame:

His co-star William “Captain Kirk” Shatner grieves:

President Obama reacts:

Another person mentions the imminent return of the Mr. Spock comet (which is totally a real thing):

A reminder of Nimoy’s “alien” upbringing:

And a yearbook shot from his home planet of Boston:

The time that he visited NASA:

Some pics of Nimoy with Zachary Quinto, who played Mr. Spock in the 2009 Star Trek film reboot:

A reminder that Leonard Nimoy also appreciated the beauty of full-bodied women…

… and that he voiced characters in the Transformers cartoon and film:

A reminder of that time he gave Lord of the Rings’ fans a treat by singing “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins”:

Mother Jones points out a New York news station’s gaffe:

The 1962 telegram when he asked President JFK to protect the environment and avoid nuclear war for future generations of children:

Then there’s this incredibly weird picture of Mr. Spock holding a dog in what appears to be a lion-unicorn-shrimp costume:

Not to forget Leonard Nimoy’s hilarious appearance in the beloved Simpsons monorail episode:

And, alas, Leonard Nimoy’s last tweet…

Our favorite memory is when Mr. Spock wrote an advice column to a biracial boy who felt rejected by his white and black peers. He told the kid to be himself, knowing that he has value, even if it meant turning his back on popularity:


May your memory live long and prosper, Mr. Nimoy.