News is just now breaking that Leonard Nimoy — popularly known as Mr. Spock from the iconic Star Trek TV series and movies — was rushed to the hospital last Thursday, February 19th. The 83-year-old actor was suffering from chest pains, prompting a call to 911. Paramedics who arrived on the scene decided to not take any chances, and they transported Nimoy to UCLA Medical Center.
TMZ has been attempting to get in contact with Nimoy’s representatives for further comment, but have not heard anything else yet.
Nimoy suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, one of the most common lung diseases. People who suffer from COPD experience difficulty breathing, and smoking is generally the most common cause. Though Nimoy gave up smoking years ago, the effects are still present.
“I quit smoking 30 years ago. Not soon enough. I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit now!! LLAP [Live Long and Prosper],” he wrote on Twitter back in 2014.
Nimoy has reportedly been in and out of hospitals multiple times throughout the last few months.
While he has stopped making appearances at Star Trek conventions, he did return to the role of Commander Spock in the 2013 franchise reboot Star Trek: Into Darkness. In 2012 he was also seen on the science fiction / thriller series Fringe.