Skip to comments.Leonard Nimoy Reveals He Has Lung Disease, Warns Against Smoking
Posted on 02/06/2014 10:57:58 AM PST by lowbridge
It's too late for Leonard Nimoy, but he wants his fans to know that they should quit smoking now.
The 82-year-old actor, who's played the iconic role of Spock in "Star Trek" TV shows and movies since 1966, has revealed that he has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease from his days as a smoker.
"I quit smoking 30 yrs ago. Not soon enough. I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit now!! LLAP" he wrote on Twitter, referencing the traditional Vulcan salutation, live long and prosper.
COPD is a disease that makes it increasingly difficult to breathe, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Patients who have it often have the conditions of emphysema and chronic bronchitis, and experience tightening of the chest, shortness of breath, and other symptoms. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of COPD, which is now the third leading cause of death in the United States.
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Hey, you wanted to lean over that reactor in Star Trek II. Don’t come crying to us!!
He was not logical........
How much you wanna bet that that's disregarding the true leading cause of death in America — abortion?
You’re 82. You’ve lived a longer life than most folks. Don’t be blaming yourself for getting Lung disease when your 82.
Even actors have to die of something eventually. At 82, death is right around the corner for most people, regardless of whether you smoked or not.
Nimoy is incorrect to blame himself. I know several people in their 70s and 80s who have COPD and never smoked a day in their lives. In fact, many people with COPD have it as a result of lifelong, untreated asthma, or more serious conditions that their physicians thought were merely asthma, but we in fact more serious diseases.
IF you want to be technical the leading cause of death is birth. 82 is getting up there.
Smoking wasn’t logical.
He was gone within a few weeks, it seemed.
My grandfather developed lung cancer (which mercifully, took him very quickly) 36 years after he’d quit smoking.
There is not always necessarily a cause-and-effect here.
I will pray for Mr. Nimoy. I have always enjoyed his work.
He can’t say he didn’t live long, and didn’t prosper.
Prayers for Mr. Nimoy.
My mother-in-law died of COPD at 80. Whether a smoker or not, it is a painful way to go.
My M-I-L passed away from COPD, Congestive Heart Failure. No smoking, just old age, body shutting down. You’re gonna die of something. At the same time, my wife’s grandmother smoked into her mid 80’s. Didn’t die of lung cancer, didn’t die of COPD. Died when a demented old woman hit her thinking my wife’s grandmother was after a man she was interested in.
My aunt died of COPD in her 80s. Never smoked a day in her life, she did, however live with a smoker for 30 years until he quit — my uncle developed lung cancer after he’d quit 30 years previously.
My aunt also swept out my uncle’s wood shop for years — dr. said her lungs looked like they’d been damaged by sawdust or asbestos.
It IS a painful way to go, she could never quite catch her breath, coughed 24/7 and said she felt like she was drowning.
So sad! Sorry, I know it’s a terrible way to go. The story you told about your brother’s exposure to chemicals reminded me of one my mother told me: One of her friends died of emphysema/COPD. Never smoked in her life - however HER parents owned a dry cleaning business and she grew up OVER the building.
That’s why I take dry cleaning to a business that doesn’t use whatever horrible chemical most of them use, can’t stand the smell.
I thank God that when I started smoking at 15 it made me dizzy....dizzy enough for me to say to myself "smoking makes me look cool but this dizziness is crazy.I'm gonna stop".And I did.
He’s 82...Old age killed him.
Looking at a life table, if you hit 82, your life expectancy is about 90. If you hit 90, your life expectancy is about 94 and so on. This guy could live forever.
Bummer, Vulcans are supposed to live over 200, and even though he’s only half you’d think he’d last longer. ;)
Um, he’s 82.
I hope I make it to 82. I doubt I will.
C'mon now! Don't derail a good thread hijacking!
Don't you know that we're supposed to find a way to tie in abortion to every subject discussed here at FR? I think it's a rule.
Actually, the leading cause of death is life. Never happens without it.
Ditto on 82, mate.
My Dad passed of similar stuff at 82..
2 packs of Camel straights for 20 plus years and getting his chest crushed in a farming accident didn’t help either.
He used to tell about the young doctors and the stuff they did when he had a deflated lung.. he always had bronchial problems, asthma.. he was running on fumes at the end tho. cardiopulmonary failure was the end result even tho his heart was strong.
Doesn't offer much comfort to those considering quitting.
i wonder how much breathing Los Angeles air for 50+ years had to do with his breathing issues.
I probably won’t be around in 30 years when all the dope-smokers saying smoking marijuana is good for you have all the same problems.
My husband is in his 60’s, has COPD and keeps on smoking. I almost hate him for committing suicide slowly. He’s never watched anyone die from lung problems. I have and I don’t look forward to watching him die like that.
Well... okay. Thanks for making my point. :)
He didn’t “just” get lung disease at 82. It just got so bad that it “killed him at 82”. He has probably been struggling to breathe for 10 or 15 years.
I saw it with the WW2 generation in mine and my husbands family. COPD is nothing to sneer at, it destroys their quality of life long before they die from it.
Leonard Nimoy? He’s still alive?
I understand he spends his time taking nude photographs of old fat women
My aunt died of COPD, after a lot of suffering. She smoked a lot all her life, but didn’t think that was what caused it (couldn’t be her beloved cigs). She was convinced that living through the Dust Bowl in Kansas when she was a child. I think it was probably both. It’s hard to fathom, but in the worst years of the Dust Bowl there were times that she and my mother had to sleep with damp cloths over their mouth and nose to try to keep from inhaling the dust.
Ugly isn't the word for what awaits him unless he quits now.
I see so many people hauling around their oxygen tanks that I am surprised that anyone who has a clue is still smoking.
My dad smoked unfiltered cigarettes for 40 years then died 39 years later at the age of 91. Luckily it wasn’t lung related.
He is 82, did he want to live for ever?
I'm not going to condemn Mr. Nimoy for saying this, now, but he must have pretty good genes.
Shatner made a film of himself and Nimoy talking about the "old days", death, life, etc.
Nimoy admitted he was an alcoholic as well as a heavy smoker.
I don't think he got into drugs.
But 82 is a pretty good run for someone who indulged heavily.
I don't know what he was smokin' here, but it obviously wasn't tobacco.
Most definitely. I might drink a beer this weekend in honor of his long life.
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