Leonard Nimoy's final tweet: 'A life is like a garden'
Leonard Nimoy poses for a photograph in Los Angeles in 2006. (AP / Ric Francis)
Published Friday, February 27, 2015 1:29PM EST
Last Updated Friday, February 27, 2015 8:06PM EST
Actors, astronauts, writers and many others poured out their emotions on Twitter Friday as news broke that Leonard Nimoy, Mr. Spock from TV’s ‘Star Trek,’ had died.
“Live long and prosper” was the message fans remembered Nimoy by in the hours after his death , recalling the phrase his character often used in the popular sci-fi series.
Nimoy’s poetic final Twitter message also went viral. “A life is like a garden,” he wrote, just one day before he was hospitalized with chest pains. “Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory.”
A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) February 23, 2015
Nimoy's 'Star Trek' co-star William Shatner said he loved him "like a brother." Shatner's Captain Kirk and Nimoy's Spock played best friends in the television series and movies.
"I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love." -William Shatner http://t.co/U8ZN98tVYp— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) February 27, 2015
Actor George Takei, who played Sulu in 'Star Trek,' also expressed his sadness.
Chris Hadfield, former Canadian astronaut and commander of the International Space Station, thanked Nimoy for inspiring him to look to the stars.
Leonard, you lived long and prospered, and were an inspiration to me and to millions. Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/NESJKvTepm— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) February 27, 2015
NASA tweeted a photo of Nimoy and other ‘Star Trek’ cast members from a 1976 visit to see the Enterprise, a space shuttle named after the ship on the television show.
Actor Zachary Quinto, who took over the role of Spock in 2009’s ‘Star Trek’ reboot, said he will miss the actor “every day.” Quinto and Nimoy actually crossed paths in the film, with Nimoy playing a version of Spock from the far future.
Wil Wheaton, who played Wesley Crusher on the 1990s series ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation,’ paid tribute to Nimoy for helping launch the sci-fi franchise that has been around for more than 50 years.
We stood on your shoulders, and wouldn’t have had a galaxy to explore if you hadn’t been there, first. Thank you, Leonard, Rest in peace.— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) February 27, 2015
Many thanked Nimoy for the role he played in shaping their childhoods as the logical half-Vulcan Mr. Spock.
Boldly go, with that little piece of my youth packed in your suitcase. Look after it. Leonard Nimoy, 1931 - 2015. pic.twitter.com/PDIxzxzjTK— Alex Andreou (@sturdyAlex) February 27, 2015
Leonard Nimoy is dead, and with him my childhood. May your journey be free of incident, Doctor. pic.twitter.com/60gfUIhUzT— Hannah Levinson (@djhannimal) February 27, 2015
Others went back to YouTube to see his final moments as Spock on film, along with his character’s death scene in ‘Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.’
"Since my customary farewell would appear oddly self-serving..." Farewell, Leonard Nimoy http://t.co/aLmtHnJ6h2— Goose Lane Editions (@goose_lane) February 27, 2015
Wrath of Khan is still the best. Happy travels, Leonard Nimoy. https://t.co/JQpeopNweJ— jeridkurtz (@jeridkurtz) February 27, 2015
Several people recalled Nimoy’s various other pop culture appearances, including his cameos on ‘The Simpsons’ and an odd-ball song about ‘The Hobbit’ he recorded in the 1960s.
Sad to hear about Leonard Nimoy. He was one of my favorite Simpsons cameos. https://t.co/cQy8fZUj1k— Andrew Battifarano (@squidthoughts) February 27, 2015
I'm playing Leonard Nimoy's Bilbo Baggins loud at the exhibition right now. No explanation given to the visitors. https://t.co/q43sq6lHo7— Idil Sukan (@idilsukan) February 27, 2015
Tributes poured in from all corners of the Internet.
"Spock" your $5 bills for Leonard Nimoy pic.twitter.com/bKdKyC3l4q— Design Canada (@The_CDR) February 27, 2015
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
Cute pic of Sheldon and Leonard Nimoy to brighten this sad day. He was loved. pic.twitter.com/sniJpNLD15— Mad Bitcoins (@MadBitcoins) February 27, 2015