'Star Trek' Leonard Nimoy Hospitalized After Chest Pains As William Shatner Reveals Health Issues [Video]

Joanne Eglash

Famed for his role in Star Trek, Leonard Nimoy was hospitalized after what may be linked to a flare-up of a long-term illness. The 83-year-old actor was transported to the hospital when firefighters received a medical call from his home, reported MSN.

The call came on Thursday morning, and a spokesperson confirmed that firefighters visited Nimoy's home, after which a patient was taken to a hospital.

However, TMZ revealed that the medical call came after Nimoy experienced severe chest pains. He was taken to UCLA Medical Center.

Mr. Spock previously has revealed that he had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) despite abstaining from cigarettes for the last three decades. He linked his health problems to years of using nicotine, and has visited hospitals several times recently.

"A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP."
"I quit smoking 30 yrs ago. Not soon enough. I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit now!! LLAP"

"Don't smoke. I did. Wish I never had. LLAP"

"Don't smoke. I did. Wish I never had. LLAP"

After starring as Spock in the first Star Trek series from 1966 to 1969, Nimoy took on the role of the Vulcan-human hybrid in various TV and movie cameos.

In addition, as the Inquisitr reported, Nimoy became a legend on The Big Bang Theory. The show's first Christmas episode ranks as one of its most highly regarded because of character Sheldon Cooper's reaction to a gift that supposed contains Nimoy's DNA.

And when it comes to the original Star Trek actors and health concerns, William Shatner told Parade that he's had his own issues.

"Luck plays a huge factor in health," he contends. "I was spun off a horse three months and fractured a bone in my thigh."

I am always working on losing weight. I keep trying, but not succeeding as well as I'd like to. I do keep it in mind all the time.

"I have it somewhat severely. I've been through "habituation," (retraining of the brain to reduce the perception of tinnitus)," revealed Shatner.

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