Nimoy's colleagues took to Twitter earlier this week when he was hospitalized. William Shatner, who played Captain James T. Kirk on "Star Trek," and George Takei, who played Sulu, posted messages of support. Shatner thanked fans for their outpouring of sympathy and wrote that he joined "the chorus of well wishers for a quick recovery." Takei echoed the statement, according to TrekNews.net.
On Friday afternoon, Shatner tweeted "I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, his talent and his capacity to love." Takei posted on Facebook: "Today, the world lost a great man, and I lost a great friend. We return you now to the stars, Leonard. You taught us to 'Live Long And Prosper,' and you indeed did, friend. I shall miss you in so many, many ways."
Other science-fiction stars memorialized him en masse, quoting Mr. Spock and writing about how he changed their lives. See below:
my heart is broken. i love you profoundly my dear friend. and i will miss you everyday. may flights… https://t.co/WPJmt1X4ox
— Zachary Quinto (@ZacharyQuinto) February 27, 2015
We stood on your shoulders, and wouldn’t have had a galaxy to explore if you hadn’t been there, first. Thank you, Leonard, Rest in peace.
— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) February 27, 2015
We will always, always love you, @TheRealNimoy. Thank you for your beautiful heart, and for the good man you were. So very sad to lose you.
— Chase Masterson (@ChaseMasterson) February 27, 2015
This was @TheRealNimoy's last tweet: "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory." RIP, sir.
— Misha Collins (@mishacollins) February 27, 2015
Over the years, Nimoy became a folk hero, according to the New York Times, and his impact on entertainment was apparent Friday. He influenced thousands of celebrities in all arenas, many of whom recognized him on social media. Here are a few of our favorite messages in memoriam:
"Of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most... human.” Live long and prosper.
— Bill Prady (@billprady) February 27, 2015
I just saw that Leonard Nimoy has passed on. We didn't know each other well, but I'm glad I spent the time with him I did. A wonderful man.
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) February 27, 2015
Leonard Nimoy brought us one of the greatest, noblest characters in the history of American storytelling. Someone find the Genesis planet.
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) February 27, 2015