Leonard Nimoy, Spock Of ‘Star Trek,’ Dead At Age 83 (Video)

LOS ANGELES (Associated Press) — Leonard Nimoy, the actor known and loved by generations of “Star Trek” fans as the pointy-eared, purely logical science officer Mr. Spock, has died.

Nimoy died Friday of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at his Los Angeles home, with family at his side, said his son, Adam Nimoy. He was 83.

Although Nimoy followed his 1966-69 “Star Trek” run with a notable career as both an actor and director, in the public’s mind he would always be Spock. His half-human, half-Vulcan character was the calm counterpoint to William Shatner’s often-emotional Captain Kirk on one of TV and film’s most revered cult series.

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“He affected the lives of many,” Adam Nimoy said. “He was also a great guy and my best friend.”

Asked if his father chafed at his fans’ close identification of him with his character, Adam Nimoy said, “Not in the least. He loved Spock.”

His death drew immediate reaction on Earth and in space.

“I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, his talent and his capacity to love,” Shatner said.

“Live Long and Prosper, Mr. #Spock!” tweeted Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, aboard the International Space Station.

Nimoy displayed ambivalence to the famous role in the titles of his two autobiographies: “I Am Not Spock” (1975) and “I Am Spock” (1995).

After “Star Trek” ended, the actor immediately joined the hit adventure series “Mission Impossible” as Paris, the mission team’s master of disguises.

From 1976 to 1982, he hosted the syndicated TV series “In Search of … ,” which attempted to probe such mysteries as the legend of the Loch Ness Monster and the disappearance of aviator Amelia Earhart.

He played Israeli leader Golda Meir’s husband opposite Ingrid Bergman in the TV drama “A Woman Called Golda” and Vincent van Gogh in “Vincent,” a one-man stage show on the life of the troubled painter. He continued to work well into his 70s, playing gazillionaire genius William Bell in the Fox series “Fringe.”

He also directed several films, including the hit comedy “Three Men and a Baby” and appeared in such plays as “A Streetcar Named Desire,” ”Cat on a Hot Tim Roof,” ”Fiddler on the Roof,” ”The King and I,” ”My Fair Lady” and “Equus.” He also published books of poems, children’s stories and his own photographs.

But he could never really escape the role that took him overnight from bit-part actor status to TV star, and in a 1995 interview he sought to analyze the popularity of Spock, the green-blooded space traveler who aspired to live a life based on pure logic.

People identified with Spock because they “recognize in themselves this wish that they could be logical and avoid the pain of anger and confrontation,” Nimoy concluded.

“How many times have we come away from an argument wishing we had said and done something different?” he asked.

In the years immediately after “Star Trek” left television, Nimoy tried to shun the role, but he eventually came to embrace it, lampooning himself on such TV shows as “Futurama,” ”Duckman” and “The Simpsons” and in commercials.

He became Spock after “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry was impressed by his work in guest appearances on the TV shows “The Lieutenant” and “Dr. Kildare.”

The space adventure set in the 23rd century had an unimpressive debut on NBC on Sept. 8, 1966, and it struggled during its three seasons to find an audience other than teenage boys. It seemed headed for oblivion after it was canceled in 1969, but its dedicated legion of fans, who called themselves Trekkies, kept its memory alive with conventions and fan clubs and constant demands that the cast be reassembled for a movie or another TV show.

Trekkies were particularly fond of Spock, often greeting one another with the Vulcan salute and the Vulcan motto, “Live Long and Prosper,” both of which Nimoy was credited with bringing to the character. He pointed out, however, that the hand gesture was actually derived from one used by rabbis during Hebraic benedictions.

When the cast finally was reassembled for “Star Trek — The Motion Picture,” in 1979, the film was a huge hit and five sequels followed. Nimoy appeared in all of them and directed two. He also guest starred as an older version of himself in some of the episodes of the show’s spinoff TV series, “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”

“Of course the role changed my career— or rather, gave me one,” he once said. “It made me wealthy by most standards and opened up vast opportunities. It also affected me personally, socially, psychologically, emotionally. … What started out as a welcome job to a hungry actor has become a constant and ongoing influence in my thinking and lifestyle.”

In 2009, he was back in a new big-screen version of “Star Trek,” this time playing an older Spock who meets his younger self, played by Zachary Quinto. Critic Roger Ebert called the older Spock “the most human character in the film.”

Among those seeing the film was President Barack Obama, whose even manner was often likened to Spock’s.

“Everybody was saying I was Spock, so I figured I should check it out,” Obama said at the time.

Upon the movie’s debut, Nimoy told The Associated Press that in his late 70s he was probably closer than ever to being as comfortable with himself as the logical Spock always appeared to be.

“I know where I’m going, and I know where I’ve been,” he said. He reprised the role in the 2013 sequel “Star Trek Into Darkness.”

Born in Boston to Jewish immigrants from Russia, Nimoy was raised in an Italian section of the city where, although he counted many Italian-Americans as his friends, he said he also felt the sting of anti-Semitism growing up.

At age 17 he was cast in a local production of Clifford Odets’ “Awake and Sing” as the son in a Jewish family.

“This role, the young man surrounded by a hostile and repressive environment, so touched a responsive chord that I decided to make a career of acting,” he said later.

He won a drama scholarship to Boston College but eventually dropped out, moved to California and took acting lessons at the Pasadena Playhouse.

Soon he had lost his “Boston dead-end” accent, hired an agent and began getting small roles in TV series and movies. He played a baseball player in “Rhubarb” and an Indian in “Old Overland Trail.”

After service in the Army, he returned to Hollywood, working as taxi driver, vacuum cleaner salesman, movie theater usher and other jobs while looking for acting roles.

In 1954 he married Sandra Zober, a fellow student at the Pasadena Playhouse, and they had two children, Julie and Adam. The couple divorced, and in 1988 he married Susan Bay, a film production executive.

Besides his wife, son and daughter, Nimoy is survived by his stepson, Aaron Bay Schuck. Services will be private, Adam Nimoy said.

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AP Television writer Frazier Moore in New York and AP Aerospace writer Marcia Dunn in Cape Canaveral, Florida, contributed to this report. This story contains biographical material compiled by late AP Entertainment Writer Bob Thomas.

Bobbi Kristina Taken Out of Induced Coma, but Still on Life Support

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Bobbi Kristina Brown has been kept in a medically-induced coma since Jan. 31, when she was found unresponsive in her bathtub.

According to People, doctors have moved to wean Bobbi Kristina off the medication that keeps her in the coma. “We’re all hoping and praying that this will give us some answers,” says a family source, who adds that Brown’s condition remains “severe.”

Subhashini Ramesh, a professor of NeuroCritical Care at Georgia Regents University, explains the reasoning: “They take them off a medically induced coma for two reasons – because the underlying problem has improved, or to simply get a sense of what the patient is able to do for themselves.”

Dr. Ramesh, who is not treating Brown, says that her recent tracheostomy signifies one bit of positive news. “Obviously, she did not meet the criteria for brain death if she underwent a tracheostomy,” Dr. Ramesh says. “She still could have a devastating injury, though.”

The 21-year-old daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown remains on life support, which includes a ventilator and feeding tube. “We’re hoping for a significant change soon,” says the family member, “but we know that it may not change anything.”

As they await new developments in her condition, the family is trying to ignore the ongoing drama with Bobbi Kristina’s boyfriend, Nick Gordon. “He can say whatever he wants to say,” the family member tells People, referring to Gordon’s recent social media posts.

“We are leaving the investigation in the hands of the authorities,” the family member continues. “Our focus has always been Bobbi Kristina’s health and recovery. That’s all that matters to us right now.”

 

USPS to Honor Maya Angelou With a Forever Stamp

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The U.S. Postal Service announced Monday that beloved poet and novelist Maya Angelou will be honored with a Forever Stamp.

“Maya Angelou inspired our nation through a life of advocacy and through her many contributions to the written and spoken word,” said Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan. “Her wide-ranging achievements as a playwright, poet, memoirist, educator, and advocate for justice and equality enhanced our culture.”

Details on the image to be used and release date will be announced at a later time, USPS said in a written statement.

Nick Gordon: ‘Bobby Brown Has Seen Daughter 4 Times in 5 Years’

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Nick Gordon continues to rail against Bobbi Kristina’s father Bobby Brown as she remains on life support in a Georgia hospital.

“Bobby seen his daughter 4 times in the last 5 yrs. Now him and his family want Whitney’s $$$ which belongs to Krissi or Cissy [Houston],” Gordon, 25, Tweeted. “Go check out the few pics he has with her … Dude is a joke played out. He is here for publicity.”

Gordon also took aim at the extended Brown family’s rush to his girlfriend’s bedside, insinuating that the group had not been there for 21-year-old Bobbi Kristina or her late mother, who died of a drug overdose in 2012, in the past.

“Crazy how all the Browns came to the hospital when this went down,” he writes. “I’ve been with her 24/7 watching over her and mom. Bobby left when it got heavy.”

Gordon’s relationship with the family was strained prior to his and friend Max Lomas’s discovery of Bobbi Kristina unconscious in the bathtub of their Roswell, Georgia, home on Jan. 31. Despite this, he has stayed away from the hospital out of respect for the Brown family, his lawyer previously told People.com.

 

‘Real Chance Of Love’ Star Ahmad ‘Real’ Givens Dies From Cancer At Age 33

We’re very sad to report that Ahmad Givens a.k.a. Real from the VH1 television showReal Chance of Love has lost his battle with cancer.

Givens was diagnosed with stage-four colon cancer in 2013. According to TMZ, he underwent successful surgery and things were looking up, but the cancer returned earlier this year. He underwent unsuccessful chemotherapy afterwards.

He kept his fans updated on his condition via his Instagram page as much as his health would allow. His last update was in December.

Here is a pic of my scar from surgery a couple months after,or shall I say my battle wound lol.This was the surgery where they removed tumors from my r***** and left side of my liver……So yesterday they took me off chemo completely cause none of it works anymore.So I have about 4 clinical trials to choose from which look really promising.My tumors have a rare mutation and supposedly they have new medicine to target the my tumors.Its suppose to stop the tumor mutation from spreading and shrink the tumors.So we will see.I don’t let this stuff bring me down,I just roll with the punches.Love Yall and have a blessed day.

TMZ reports that Givens suffered a fall in January and had been bedridden ever since. On Friday, February 20, he passed away.

Givens was in a rap group called The Stallionares along with his brother Kamal Givens a.k.a. Chance.

Rest in peace Real. Condolences go out to his family and friends.

Bobbi Kristina Brown’s Breathing Tube Removed (Report)

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Doctors have removed Bobbi Kristina Brown’s breathing tube, according to USA Today, but her condition remains unchanged, a source close to the situation but unauthorized to speak publicly told the paper.

There has been no official update on her health status, and the removal from the ventilator does not indicate any decision has been made as to her life support, says the family source.

Brown has been on a ventilator since Jan. 31, when she was hospitalized after being found unconscious in her bathtub in her Roswell, Ga., townhouse.

This is a “normal” procedure, done after a certain amount of time to prevent infections, says the family source.

According to Dr. Jordan Josephson, an ENT specialist at Lennox Hill Hospital, the tracheostomy procedure is typically done when people are expected to be on a ventilator for more than a couple of days. It is done to protect the vocal cords and to afford better access to keep the lungs clear of fluid.

“If the expectation is she’s going to be on for weeks, months – who knows how long, the best way to deliver oxygen to the lungs is through the tracheostomy” (the hole left in the throat after the tracheotomy procedure is performed).

Josephson says, “It’s a protective measure. There may be a slight scar, but in most cases that’s it.” He adds that it will not leave Brown with voice problems, “She absolutely will be able to speak.”

As for reading anything into the situation, Josephson cautions against that. “I’ve seen cases where you think the patient should come out of it and they don’t. And of course there are cases where you’re telling the family the patient may never come out of it and two days later they wake up.”

He also says, “Hopefully this is something that will be short for her and a speedy recovery is on the way.”

 

Omarion Ft. Chris Brown & Jhene Aiko – Post To Be (Official Video)

Check out Omarion’s official music video for “Post To Be” featuring Jhene Aiko andChris Brown. This is off of Omarion’s album, Sex Playlist. Cop it from iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sex-playlist/id942089565.

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