Leonard Nimoy's Final Tweet Is Beautiful

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Leonard Nimoy, 83, has been beamed up one last time.

Nimoy died on Friday, Feb. 27, after battling end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), his wife confirmed.

Though Nimoy is famed for his role as Mr. Spock on "Star Trek," his artistic pursuits went far beyond his unfailingly logical, half-human-half-vulcan character.

His final tweet reflected the softer side of a man whose life extended past the Starship Enterprise: "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory."

Nimoy’s last tweet, which was posted on Feb. 22, has garnered more than 180,000 retweets.

Prior to that tweet, he shared a poem he wrote, entitled “You and I Have Learned.” The final verse reads: “The miracle is this / The more we share… / The more / We have.”

Nimoy is survived by his wife, two children, a stepson, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Though Nimoy’s other achievements as a voice actor, musician, poet and photographer are often overshadowed by his role as Spock, before he died he wrote, “To this day, I sense Vulcan speech patterns, Vulcan social attitudes and even Vulcan patterns of logic and emotional suppression in my behavior.”

He didn’t resent the characterization, which he based, in part, on his Jewish heritage. “Given the choice,” he wrote, “if I had to be someone else, I would be Spock.”

He revived his role as Spock in 2013. It's safe to say he lived long and prospered.

Sources: New York Times, Twitter / Image via Beth Madison/Wikimedia Commons