BREAKING: Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy has died

Leonard Nimoy
Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr Spock in science fiction franchise Star Trek, has died aged 83.

He passed this morning his home in the Bel Air area of Los Angeles.

His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, reports the New York Times. 

Nimoy's final tweet was sent before he was hospitalised on the 23rd of February.

Although talented in many areas such as poetry, photography and music, it was his role as Mr Spock in the Star Trek series that endeared him to millions around the world.

As the pointy-eared Vulcan, his signature blessing was "live long and prosper".

Star Trek co-star and friend William Shatner tweeted the following this evening