Zachary Quinto Talks About Strong Bond With Leonard Nimoy A Week Before ‘Star Trek’ Actor’s Death

Millions gathered this morning when the news of Leonard Nimoy’s passing hit the internet. Nimoy played the iconic role of Spock on Star Trek’s television and film franchises.

Nimoy was 83-years-old when he died. Earlier in the week, the actor was rushed to the hospital to be treated for his lung disease. The actor was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in February of 2014.

Just a week before his passing, good friend and fellow Spock actor Zachary Quinto spoke about his close relationship with the actor. Quinto played Spock in the 2009 Star Trek film and Star Trek Into Darkness. They even shared time on screen together as well, embodying the same role.

While promoting his new series The Slap, Quinto sat down with Inside TV host Dalton Ross. The conversation turned to the iconic actor.

“I never expected when I got that job and met him that we would forge such a powerful friendship,” said Quinto. “I love him, his wife. They’re like family to me, 100 percent. Like second parents, for sure.”

Upon hearing of his friend’s death, Quinto took to Twitter to express his sorrow.

On Instagram, his tribute continued with a picture of the actor.

“My heart is broken. I love you profoundly my dear friend. and i will miss you everyday. may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”

Since news of his death was made public, other co-stars have reacted to the news.

Fans also joined in to pay respect. Some chose to give the Vulcan salute, which Nimoy made popular.

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