On February 27th, 2015, Boston born actor Leonard Nimoy passed away. Though Nimoy had roles in many movies and television shows, his greatest prominence came from his role as Spock, the half-Vulcan, half-human on the Star Trek television series. Among the many recognized and unique symbols from the Vulcan culture that were incorporated into the television series, the most famous undoubtedly being the Vulcan salute, Nimoy himself came up with concept of one of the famous, that being the "Vulcan Nerve Pinch". Nimoy suggested the "Vulcan Nerve Pinch" as a replacement for the scripted knock out method of using the butt of his phaser.
Nimoy also won acclaim for his several roles on the stage. He played the starring the role of Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof", Arthur Goldman in "The Man in the Glass Booth", Randle McMurphy in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", and Sherlock Holmes in "Royal Shakepeares Company's Sherlock Holmes" just to name a few.
In February 2014, Nimoy announced he had been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (known as COPD), which he attributed to a smoking habit he had given up 30 years prior. On February 19th 2015, Nimoy was taken to UCLA Medical Center for chest pain. Nimoy tragically passed away on February 27th, 2015 at the age of 83 in his Bel Air home from complications of COPD. Nimoy was laid to rest in a private service in Los Andeles on March 1, 2015. He is survived by his wife, two children, six grandchildren, a great-grandchild and his elder brother Melvin.