We have learned that Leonard Nimoy, the man who played Mr. Spock on "Star Trek"'s television offerings and in eight different films in the series, has passed away at the age of 83.
It's hard for many to imagine a time when Nimoy wasn't synonymous with his character from the "Star Trek," but before the 1966 television series, he was little more than a bit player in various television and movie roles. Spock propelled him to a stardom that would never fade, even now in his passing.
Though his contributions to the popular culture might be rooted most in "Star Trek," after all, it was he who invented the Vulcan salute we all know so well, he wasn't just Spock. He was a talented voice actor, film director, poet, song-writer, and by all accounts a very great person.
For Spock, though, Nimoy played a character that resonated with people of all ages and sexes, cutting across generations. His wisdom as the character was universal and impacted many of us greatly.
He passed away at his home, certainly not in the radioactive engine core of the Enterprise.
He will be missed and Zachary Quinto, who took over the role in the most recent iteration of "Star Trek," has even larger shoes to fill.
It's fitting now, to watch this scene from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn, which will forevermore be that much more bittersweet.
"Of my friend, I can only say this. Of all the souls I've encountered in my travels, his was the most... human."