Of course, I’m talking about none other than the late, great Leonard Nimoy. He was a true giant of film, television, theatre – you name it, he did it – and while I knew he’d been having health issues for quite some time, his passing last week was a shock to the system nonetheless.
And while my deepest sympathies go out to Leonard Nimoy’s family and friends, I’m certain that the man who was possibly his best friend – the great William Shatner, that is – is probably more crushed by this tragic turn of events than most. Being unable to attend the funeral of a dear friend due to a prior commitment from which there can be no easy release is particularly heartbreaking, but at the same time, it’s great that both of William Shatner’s daughters could attend, and were probably going to anyhow.
I also think that we ought to be grateful that Nimoy had as long and as prosperous a life as he did, because if he hadn’t given up smoking 30 years ago, this sad loss may have occurred much sooner. In light of the terrible illness he had – chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (or COPD for short) – it still baffles me as to why there are still so many people out there who not only choose to smoke, but enjoy it too, in this day and age. But I must reiterate that I’m thankful that he made the right decision and kicked the habit when he did.
Lastly, I must touch upon how Nimoy’s demise will affect the making of the next Star Trek film, since on the strength of the film being released in 2016, to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek, there was a plan in place to have both Nimoy and Shatner appearing in the film at some point. And with Nimoy now gone, it places a big question mark over the participation of Shatner also, and perhaps it’s best to wait until more hard facts emerge.