By Larry Murray
Photographer Leonard Nimoy, whose exhibition “Secret Selves” was on display in 2010-11 at MASS MoCA in North Adams has died. He was 83. His most indelible role was as Mr. Spock, the totally logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut “Star Trek.” He also recreated the life of Vincent van Gogh writing the play “Vincent,” seen in these parts with Jim Briggs in the dual roles of the Theo and Vincent van Gogh (review).
Nimoy – who announced that he had the disease COPD last year – attributed it to years of smoking. Even though it was a habit he had given up three decades earlier, his wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed that the cause of death was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He had been hospitalized earlier in the week. He died on Friday morning (February 27) at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles.