6:00 pm EST, February 27, 2015

Hollywood and President Obama react to the death of Leonard Nimoy

Actor Leonard Nimoy has passed away at the age of 83, and his friends in Hollywood, and President Obama, share their condolences through social media.

The beloved Star Trek star died of “end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease” at his Los Angeles home early Friday morning. He was hospitalized earlier this week after experiencing severe chest pains.

It goes without saying that Nimoy was beloved in Hollywood, and the outpour of support for the actor and his family on social media reminds us that sometimes it is good that we’re all connected. Read some of the most heartfelt comments from Nimoy’s closest friends, and even President Obama.

William Shatner, who starred alongside Nimoy in the original Star Trek series, said that he loved the actor like a brother.

President Obama released an official statement, pointing out that he loved the fact that Leonard Nimoy was nerdy before it was ‘cool.’ Read his official statement below:

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Actor Zachary Quinto, who plays young Spock in the new Star Trek films, shared this tribute on Instagram shortly after learning of Nimoy’s passing:

my heart is broken. i love you profoundly my dear friend. and i will miss you everyday. may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

A photo posted by Zachary Quinto (@zacharyquinto) on

Actor Josh Gad revealed he had immense respect for the actor, revealing his thoughts in a tweet seen below:

Actor Tom Hanks revealed that Nimoy has given us a gift that will last forever.

‘Firefly’ and ‘Castle’ actor Nathan Fillion said that he will always be Nimoy’s friend.

‘Suits’ star Patrick J. Adams said he believed Leonard Nimoy was leaving the world a better place than it was.

NASA tweeted an image in Nimoy’s honor, and said that many of them were inspired to join their field after seeing Nimoy portray his space-adventure character.

‘Star Trek’ actor Wil Wheaton said that he and others stood on the shoulders of Nimoy to reach galaxies far, far away.

Actor/Director/Comedian Seth MacFarlane asked for someone to find Planet Genesis, where Spock’s coffin was located later in the film series.

Nimoy was best known for his role as Spock in the Star Trek TV and film series in the late 1960s. The actor continued to reprise the role of Spock throughout his life, giving many of his adoring fans a chance to meet their idol. Most recently, he made an appearance as Spock in director J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek and his 2013 sequel Star Trek Into Darkness.

Hollywood always mourns the loss of one of their own, but Leonard Nimoy seems to take the cake for quite a few of the people in the business. He was a childhood hero to many of the stars we see today, and he will continue to live on through his art, and we hope you’ve enjoyed reading about some of Hollywood’s responses to the actor’s passing.

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