Earlier today, website TMZ reported that Leonard Nimoy, cultural icon and a pillar of the Star Trek franchise, had been taken to UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles last Thursday after complaining of severe chest pains. According to TMZ, Nimoy has been “in and out of hospitals multiple times” recently.
Nimoy announced a year ago that he was suffering from the lung disease COPD(chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) which is often caused from smoking cigarettes. It is unclear if the chest pains are related to that.
It is also unclear if Leonard is still hospitalized or been sent home. People Magazine reached out to his press representative, who told them, “We don’t have any comment at this time.” The Los Angeles Times contacted UCLA Medical Center, but the hospital could not “confirm, deny or acknowledge” that Nimoy is at the hospital.
Regardless of his current location, Leonard is still talking to his fans via Twitter. He has not addressed his condition, but has taken to posting some of his poetry the last few days:
I will be sharing my poetry. Today’s is, “You and I have Learned,” which is in my book, These Words Are for You. LLAP pic.twitter.com/CsHAtmtDnz
— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) February 22, 2015
A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP — Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) February 23, 2015
He has also received get well wishes from an old friend of his:
This story is still in flux and we hope to have more information soon. The staff of TrekMovie and fans all over the world would like to wish Mr. Nimoy a speedy recovery.