Celebrity colleagues react to Nimoy’s passing on social media

Family and celebrity colleagues react to Leonard Nimoy’s death on various social media sites.

(REUTERS) – Co-stars of Leonard Nimoy have taken to social media to praise the actor, who passed away on Friday (February 27) after battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

His death was confirmed by his granddaughter, Dani, who posted a message to Nimoy’s official Twitter feed.

“A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP (live long and prosper),” wrote Nimoy’s granddaughter Dani, on Twitter, linking to a longer message posting online: “my Grandpa passed away this morning at 8:40 from end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was an extraordinary man, husband, grandfather, brother, actor, author-the list goes on- and friend. Thank you for the warm condolences.”

William Shatner, who worked alongside Nimoy in various incarnations of the Star Trek franchise, wrote on Twitter: “I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love.”

George Takei, who played Sulu in the Star Trek films and television series, posted a message on his Facebook page: “Today, the world lost a great man, and I lost a great friend. We return you now to the stars, Leonard. You taught us to “Live Long And Prosper,” and you indeed did, friend. I shall miss you in so many, many ways.”

Zachary Quinto, who plays Dr. Spock in JJ Abrams’ movie reboots, and even appeared alongside Nimoy in a cameo in “Star Trek” (2009), Tweeted “my heart is broken. I love you profoundly my dear friend. and I will miss you everyday.”

Even space agency NASA took to Twitter to post a fond remembrance: “RIP Leonard Nimoy. So many of us at NASA were inspired by Star Trek.”

NASA also posted a photo online of a visit that Nimoy, along with other Star Trek cast members, made to its Palmdale, California manufacturing facility, in which the group posed for a photo in front of the Space Shuttle Enterprise, which was named in honor of the Star Trek spaceship, “Starship Enterprise.”

Live long and prosper.