Veteran actor Leonard Nimoy, best known as Spock in the 1960s television series ‘Star Trek’ and a string of feature films that followed, said he was “doing okay” after being diagnosed with lung disease and urged fans to quit smoking.
“Smokers, please understand. If you quit after you’re diagnosed with lung damage it’s too late. Grandpa says learn my lesson. Quit now,” Nimoy tweeted to his 810,000 followers.
In Nimoy’s case, the actor said, he was diagnosed despite having quit smoking 30 years ago.
The 82-year-old actor added he was “doing OK. Just can’t walk distances,” and he signed off with “LLAP,” an abbreviation of his character’s trademark phrase, “live long and prosper.”
Nimoy first revealed in a Twitter message that he has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, a severe lung ailment that the U.S. surgeon general has concluded is linked to smoking.