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Nimoy is okay – but has COPD from years of smoking

On the 28th, Leonard Nimoy was seen being wheeled through New York’s JFK airport with an oxygen cylinder. Thankfully a day or so later he Tweeted that he’s okay, the oxygen was due to his development of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) from years of smoking. He quit during the filming of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Long flights and the wear of traveling seems to have taken a bit of toll on him, but he’s back home and doing fine.

 

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January 31, 2014 12:11 pm

I hope he gets better

Danpaine
January 31, 2014 12:24 pm

As far as I know, COPD is something that doesn’t get better, unfortunately. Best wishes to him.

Bud
January 31, 2014 12:44 pm

Live long and prosper, Leonard!

Steve-o
January 31, 2014 12:44 pm

I wondered when I saw pics of him with an air tank :(

Steve-o
January 31, 2014 12:58 pm

this is not the first picture to surface either. someone snapped a photo with him on an alaskan cruise or something months back and he had the tank and tube in the photo.

FSJMusicMan
January 31, 2014 1:04 pm

It’s unfortunate, but at least he’s still with us!

Ciarán
January 31, 2014 1:17 pm

I feared the worst when I saw that pic. Leonard has long been the #1 champion and ambassador (so to speak) for Star Trek for so many years, even moreso than William Shatner. I was also very saddened to hear of his COPD diagnosis. I know it’s incurable and just deteriorates a person.

When he eventually does pass away, the loss that the Star Trek universe will experience will be one that wouldn’t have been felt since the death of Gene Roddenberry all those 23 years ago.

We should all enjoy the time we have with Leonard (vicariously, of course) before his time comes.

LLAP

Crusade2267
January 31, 2014 1:22 pm

I’m glad he’s home safe

Dom
January 31, 2014 1:26 pm

Eek! COPD is very nasty indeed. I’ve worked on some videos about it.

Best wishes Mr N!

Pensive's Wetness
January 31, 2014 1:34 pm

I dislike being reminded that our heros are not immortal… Do get well, Mr. Nimoy.

Danpaine
January 31, 2014 1:54 pm

When he and Shatner pass, those are going to be a couple of dark days for me, personally. But what gifts they’ve given us.

January 31, 2014 2:08 pm

I was impressed (though not surprised) that instead of ignoring the photographs or railing against the invasion of his privacy, Mr. Nimoy used the occasion as an opportunity to encourage people to quit smoking. Truly, Mr. Nimoy is a great man, and not only because he was a wonderful Spock. He is a sensitive and thoughtful man, and I am continually impressed at the dignity and grace with which he’s handled the whole Star Trek phenomenon.

Lots of us love you, Mr. Nimoy — not just Spock, but YOU, too. Best of luck dealing with your health challenges; I hope you’ll continue to enjoy your life for many years to come.

Pan Always Bored Me
January 31, 2014 2:27 pm

COPD is evil. My dad developed it five years ago and he quit smoking in 1970. All my prayers to Mr. Nimoy.

windelkin
January 31, 2014 2:36 pm

Corylea, you took the words right out of my mouth! You’re so right. He’s thinking of others rather than trying to eek out the last bits of attention he can for himself and always with such a great sense of humor. A great example for the next generations.

CmdrR
January 31, 2014 2:39 pm

LN, be strong and know we care and we’re rooting for you.

Jim Nightshade
January 31, 2014 2:39 pm

copd does not get better and will kill ya unless something else gets you first…treatments n drugs do slow this progression n im sure mr nimoy is doing everything he needs to….my moms had it for years n sleeps with an oxygen machine…she quit smokin after she had me but like nimoy wasnt soon enough…shes 87 now hangin in there….hope nimoy continues to do the same also…

Cygnus-X1
January 31, 2014 3:06 pm

He’s a good man. I’m glad he’s alright.

Ahmed
January 31, 2014 3:28 pm

Good to hear that he is ok.

Phil
January 31, 2014 3:43 pm

Unfortunately, as the name implies, COPD is chronic. There is no getting better, you take care of yourself and manage the condition. With proper care, there’s no reason to expect that he won’t put a few more miles on the odometer.

Could not agree with CoryLea more, it speaks to the man as a person that he’s meeting this challenge head on, and encouraging others to not make the same mistakes.

Calastir
January 31, 2014 4:33 pm

Spock says: “Quit smoking. It’s logical.”

Marja
January 31, 2014 5:28 pm

I’m glad he’s coping with this huge health challenge, and wouldn’t you just know he’d use it as a teaching opportunity.

In his two “Spock” books Nimoy says that playing Spock taught him a lot about how to be in this world – this strange world of stardom and real life, and how to deal with the people who adore him for playing this one character.

His strategy seems to be loving-kindness.

More power to you, Mr Nimoy; you have taught us so much through the years.

Bob
January 31, 2014 5:31 pm

COPD is eventually a death sentence. There’s no “getting better”. Sorry but that is the truth.

Josek
January 31, 2014 6:11 pm

When I saw STID I had suspicions that he had COPD. You can hear the forced deep breaths between lines.

My aunt had copd, it is not a fun way to go.

Lets hope when Leonard leaves us it is peaceful. He has given lifetimes of joy to me and the world.

BobZ
January 31, 2014 6:39 pm

I love you Leonard Nimoy!
Keep on Trekin one and all!

MJ
January 31, 2014 6:49 pm

@22

Yea, and at that age, once you get dependent on Oxygen tanks, there is no going back to normal breathing.

Love the guy, and hope he has a peaceful end without much pain.

John from Cincinnati
January 31, 2014 7:19 pm

Mr. Nimoy is God’s gift to the world. A treasure for all of us fans. He has been the most kind, engaged and sincere Star Trek “Celebrity” of all of them. May you have many, many, many happy years ahead Sir.

Vultan
January 31, 2014 7:53 pm

Good to hear he’s doing okay. I feared the worst.
God bless you, Mr. Nimoy. You made Star Trek fly, and still do.

Jonboc
January 31, 2014 8:33 pm

#22. “COPD is eventually a death sentence. ”

Umm…being alive is a death sentence.

MJ
January 31, 2014 9:12 pm

@28. We all got it coming, Jonboc. We all got it coming

Gary 8.5
January 31, 2014 10:32 pm

To Mr.Nimoy, a man I greaty respect and admire,
All my hopes .
I see him as a fighter .
He will be with us for as long as he can be .
Live Long and Prosper , Good Sir .

Hat Rick
January 31, 2014 10:44 pm

I wish good things for Mr. Nimoy — people are resilient and are able to conquer many health challenges. I hope he will as well.

Elias Javalis
January 31, 2014 11:06 pm

My thoughts with you Mr Nimoy,

Vulcans are strong! He will get better!!

helenofpeel
February 1, 2014 12:39 am

Best wishes to Mr. Nimoy. This is not something that will get better, but I hope he continues to live long and prosper…

Aussie Ian
February 1, 2014 1:45 am

Poor Leonard! Failing health is the logical progression of long life. I hope I am wrong but Trek’s 50th anniversary may yet include a memorial to this great man. People don’t live forever but legends do. The cast of the original series, or THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN as I call them will always be legends to me. Live as long and prosperous as you can, Mr Nimoy

Aussie Ian
February 1, 2014 1:45 am

Poor Leonard! Failing health is the logical progression of long life. I hope I am wrong but Trek’s 50th anniversary may yet include a memorial to this great man. People don’t live forever but legends do. The cast of the original series, or THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN as I call them will always be legends to me. Live as long and prosperous as you can, Mr Nimoy

Beverly
February 1, 2014 3:26 am

My father in law just passed away from complications from copd at age 85. No getting better…progressively gets worse. He was a cigarette smoker and pipe smoker in later years…horrible to see people gasping for air like a fish out of water…you feel helpless.

Tobias Richter
February 1, 2014 4:31 am

In my book that is not “being okay” – it´s a terrible disease without cure. I wish him all the best!

The Keeper
February 1, 2014 11:22 am

Wishing you all the best Mr. Nimoy. It was an honor to be able to meet and chat with you so many years ago.
While I understand you’re not likely to remember me, I will forever remember that small fraction of time we shared.

Karl Horgan
February 1, 2014 2:17 pm

LLAP Spock as we say in Ireland “May the road rise up to meet you”

Spockboy
February 1, 2014 2:24 pm

Actually there IS a way to beat it, and since Leonard is wealthy it is completely within the realm of possibility.

Sorry guys, This site won’t accept the entire link.
Try this…

http://tinyurl.com/nel3bgk

:)

MJ
February 1, 2014 3:50 pm

@40. If being rich could stop stuff like that, then Bill Gates, far richer than Nimoy’s wildest dreams, would still be alive today.

MJ
February 1, 2014 3:50 pm

lol…I meant Steve Jobs, of course.

John Davidson
February 1, 2014 4:19 pm
Spock I suggest you get Beamed into a thought of LOGIC! Your COPD showing up 30 years after you quit is quite a STRETCH! Perhaps you should have tweeted that you got COPD from a viral infection which is where COPD is actually caused. 30 years after is IMPOSSIBLE! Adenoviruses Cause COPD It has always been obvious merely from looking at the scatter plots in old studies of lung function that, among both smokers and nonsmokers, certain individuals were distinctly abnormal. They had much higher rates of loss than the others. There was a higher proportion of abnormal individuals among the smokers, and, by ignoring these individual differences and lumping together all smokers versus all nonsmokers, the anti-smoking ideologues falsely implicated tobacco as the cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD IS A SYSTEMIC, NOT LOCAL, DISEASE Mitochondrial Abnormalities in COPD include tissues with no exposure to cigarette smoke Systemic effects of COPD. M Decramer, F De Benedetto, A Del Ponte, S Marinari. Respir Med 2005 Dec;99 Suppl B:S3-10. “Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is characterised by a range of pathological changes of the respiratory system, including airflow limitation secondary to structural changes of the small airways and loss of alveolar attachments, inflammation, ciliary dysfunction, and increased mucous production. COPD also has significant systemic consequences…. Although improving lung function and disease symptoms have been the main focus of COPD management, these parameters alone do not reflect the full burden of disease. More recent endeavours have highlighted the potential role… Read more »
John from Cincinnati
February 1, 2014 6:06 pm

Steve Jobs died of cancer, not COPD.

A lung transplant could do the trick.

Carol
February 1, 2014 6:19 pm

Cytomegalovirus is the real cause of COPD.

http://www.smokershistory.com/COPD.html

It’s not a recognized treatment for COPD, but as a rich and famous person he should be able to get hold of some ganciclovir. It’s the anti-viral used against CMV.

john davidson
February 1, 2014 7:09 pm

It is also used for acute CMV colitis in HIV/AIDS and CMV pneumonitis in immunosuppressed patients.

Cytomegalovirus ganciclovir

john davidson
February 1, 2014 7:09 pm
John from Cincinnati – February 1, 2014 Steve Jobs died of cancer, not COPD. A lung transplant could do the trick. This pretty well destroys the Myth of second hand smoke: Lungs from pack-a-day smokers safe for transplant, study finds. By JoNel Aleccia, Staff Writer, NBC News. Using lung transplants from heavy smokers may sound like a cruel joke, but a new study finds that organs taken from people who puffed a pack a day for more than 20 years are likely safe. What’s more, the analysis of lung transplant data from the U.S. between 2005 and 2011 confirms what transplant experts say they already know: For some patients on a crowded organ waiting list, lungs from smokers are better than none. “I think people are grateful just to have a shot at getting lungs,” said Dr. Sharven Taghavi, a cardiovascular surgical resident at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, who led the new study……………………… Ive done the math here and this is how it works out with second ahnd smoke and people inhaling it! The 16 cities study conducted by the U.S. DEPT OF ENERGY and later by Oakridge National laboratories discovered: Cigarette smoke, bartenders annual exposure to smoke rises, at most, to the equivalent of 6 cigarettes/year. 146,000 CIGARETTES SMOKED IN 20 YEARS AT 1 PACK A DAY. A bartender would have to work in second hand smoke for 2433 years to get an equivalent dose. Then the average non-smoker in a ventilated restaurant for an hour would have… Read more »
Nony
February 1, 2014 8:18 pm

@43

He didn’t say it just showed up out of the blue 30 years later; he said he didn’t quit soon enough because the damage was already done. He’s probably had it all along, but age and travel have exacerbated it recently. I’m sure he’s been to his doctor and knows what he’s talking about.

Whatever the case, LLAP, Leonard, love life, and do what it takes to make yourself comfortable!

Blue Thunder
February 1, 2014 8:54 pm

I wish Leonard all the best. It is sad that he has contracted this horrible ailment.

All the more reason why people should NOT smoke period.

It’s NOT worth ruining your health and losing your life over.

Tom
February 2, 2014 8:04 am

Hope for the best for Leonard Nimoy. I am sure he and his doctors will do whatever possible to treat the disease. I hope for as much quality of life as possible for him.I wish Bob had gotten him and Bill down to Bad Robot to shoot a scene together. Now with the inevitable age and health issues, I hope they are still well for the 50th anniversary and beyond.

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