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US President Barack Obama says 'I loved Spock'

US President Barack Obama said Leonard Nimoy was 'generous with his talent and time.' Credit: Reuters/Larry Downing

US President Barack Obama has issued a statement after the death of veteran actor Leonard Nimoy.

Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy. Leonard was a lifelong lover of the arts and humanities, a supporter of the sciences, generous with his talent and his time. And of course, Leonard was Spock. Cool, logical, big-eared and level-headed, the centre of Star Trek’s optimistic, inclusive vision of humanity’s future.

I loved Spock.

In 2007, I had the chance to meet Leonard in person. It was only logical to greet him with the Vulcan salute, the universal sign for “Live long and prosper.” And after 83 years on this planet – and on his visits to many others – it’s clear Leonard Nimoy did just that. Michelle and I join his family, friends, and countless fans who miss him so dearly today.

– US President Barack Obama

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George Takei: The world has lost a great man

Former Star Trek star George Takei said the world had "lost a great man". Credit: Dennis Van Tine/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

George Takei, known for his role as Hikaru Sulu in the television series Star Trek, said he will miss Leonard Nimoy and the world had "lost a great man"

On his official Facebook page Mr Takei said Nimoy was being "returned to the stars".

He also told MSNBC: "You know, the word ‘extraordinary’ is often overused, but I think it’s really appropriate for Leonard.

"He was an extraordinarily talented man, but also a very decent human being. His talent embraced directing as well as acting, and photography.

"He was a very sensitive man and we feel his passing very much. He’d been ill for a long, long time and we miss him very much.”

Spock - the early years: A look at the original Star Trek

The man who always promised to live long and prosper started his career in the role that would define him, in 1966 when the first series of Star Trek aired.

Those early series are the ones most strongly associated with Leonard Nimoy in his role as the pointed eared Vulcan. Staring along side William Shatner as Captain Kirk, Spock traveled the universe in the Starship Enterprise as Kirk's right hand man.

Spock gets sprayed by a mystery flower in season one episode 24 - This Side of Paradise (1967).

Spock and Kirk in rare punch-up in This Side of Paradise.

In "Spock's Brain (1968) the Vulcan gets his brain removed in episode 1 season 3.

In The City on the Edge of Forever (1967) Spock and Kirk have a run in with the police.

William Shatner: I loved Leonard Nimoy like a brother

William Shatner has paid tribute to former Star Trek co-star Leonard Nimoy. Credit: Geisler-Fotopress/DPA/Press Association Images

William Shatner, who played Star Trek's Captain Kirk, said he loved Leonard Nimoy "like a brother".

He added: "We will all miss his humour, his talent, and his capacity to love."

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