“Live long and prosper” indeed. It seems, Leonard Nimoy is finally recovering after being hospitalized for chest pains last week. Reports about his condition have been scarce and it’s not yet clear if he’s been released from the hospital, but it looks like Nimoy is now up and about and even tweeting. “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP,” Nimoy tweeted. “LLAP” is an abbreviation of “Live long and prosper”, a catchphrase Nimoy popularized on the classic sci-fi show Star Trek where he played the pragmatic Mr. Spock. He also tweeted a picture of one of the original poems that he has written.
A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP
— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) February 23, 2015
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
The Los Angeles Fire Department confirms to E! News that paramedics responded to a call from Nimoy’s Bel Air address on February 19. However, they refused to disclose Nimoy’s identity due to privacy reasons. Representatives for Nimoy also declined to comment. Around a year ago, the 83-year-old Nimoy revealed that he has been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease after he was seen in an airport looking frail in a wheelchair and with an oxygen tube up his nose. Nimoy immediately addressed his illness on Twitter.
— Mirror TV (@MirrorTV) February 23, 2015
“I quit smoking 30 years ago. Not soon enough. I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit now!! LLAP,” Nimoy tweeted after his diagnosis. “I’m doing OK. Just can’t walk distances. Love my life, family, friends and followers. LLAP.”
Nimoy officially retired in 2010 after abdominal surgery, however, he’s recently been making a comeback and has appeared as Dr. William Bell in JJ Abrams’ hit TV show Fringe back in 2012.
In an interview with The Tech last year, Nimoy talked about one of his many passions – photography.
“The work that I’ve cared most deeply about has been thematic. Over the last, I would say, twenty years— I’ve been doing photography in one form or another for, oh golly, over seventy years. I’m eighty-three years old and I started when I was about ten,” Nimoy said.
He added, “So, it has been a long, long road but the thematic work only in the last twenty or so years… I don’t carry cameras anymore. I used to. For many years I carried cameras wherever I went. Photograph whatever I saw that was of interest. In the last twenty years, I’ve only used cameras to explore thematic ideas which presented themselves first. And then bring out the cameras to try to explore that idea.”