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Leonard Nimoy, known as Spock in Star Trek, announced to fans that he is suffering from chronic lung disease.
COPD is short for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The uncomfortable condition restricts breathing. A follow up tweet noted that Nimoy is fine at the moment, but struggles to walk long distances.
Nimoy was born in Boston. The actor, 82, has starred in an extraordinary amount of Star Trek shows and films. According to the The Independent, Nimoy has starred as Spock since 1966. The popular character is often remembered at science fiction conventions and on television marathons.
He returned to play the Vulcan in Star Trek Into Darkness in 2013. He also played Mr. Spock in The Big Bang Theory on the small screen and also appeared on the Fox show Fringe.
Nimoy directed Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, and 3 Men and a Baby, featuring Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg and Ted Danson.
He told fans to enjoy Trek Fest, the anticipated marathons on television.
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