The world of pop culture was dealt a crippling blow today, when legendary actor Leonard Nimoy died, at 83 years of age after a battle with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
While the actor/writer/director, who most famously sat in the First Officer's Seat on the USS Enterprise as Mr Spock on the legendary Star Trek Original Series had lived a long, full life, it was no less tragic to the legions of fans who fondly remembered him as a part of their childhood.
When classic actors like this pass away, while we may have never met them, it still hammers our heartstrings, and we feel an inescapable pang of loss, as if a member of our own family has died. It's funny how someone we've never spoken to, or had any form of meaningful conversation with, can affect our hearts so profoundly. I think that may be the truest and most realistic definition of immortality. To live on in the hearts and minds of those you touched, forever.
My favorite Nimoy role was actually not Spock. I loved something far more recent. His role as Master Xehanort in the Disney/Square Enix game Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep.
He so perfectly portrayed this classic villain, delivering speeches that sent shivers down my spine for weeks to come!
The legacy of Mr. Nimoy will be one long remembered, and will no doubt weather the test of time. He defined his trademark catchphrase, "Live Long and Prosper." 83 is nothing to shake your head at folks, it's a long full life. And he was working consistently, doing what he loved to do. Nimoy prospered in the hearts an minds of his legions of passionate fans, and his outlook on life was so eloquently illustrated when he tweeted the following.
May he be forever preserved in our memories! RIP Leonard Nimoy. "Of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most...human"