William Shatner: Devastated Not To Be Able To Attend Funeral Of One Of His ‘Dearest Friends’

William Shatner was a close friend, as well as a work associate of the late Leonard Nimoy, who passed away on Friday and is to be buried on Sunday.

Sadly, Shatner, better known to most as “Captain James T. Kirk” from Star Trek, sent out some Tweets on Saturday announcing that he would not be able to make it to Nimoy’s funeral.

As per his Tweets, Shatner revealed that due to his prior commitments he was unable to attend.

“I am currently in FL as I agreed to appear at the Red Cross Ball tonight. Leonard’s funeral is tomorrow. I can’t make it back in time. I feel really awful. Here I am doing charity work and one of my dearest friends is being buried.”

Indeed, Trekkies would have expected William Shatner to attend the funeral, despite “prior commitments,” then again sometime in life it’s just not possible.

In continuing his Tweets, Shatner, who worked closely with Nimoy for many years, added, “So maybe tomorrow we come together here and celebrate his life. So let’s spend some time tomorrow celebrating Leonard’s life and remembering the man.”

Having sent a number of long Tweets, the former captain of the Starship Enterprise added some more, making sure to thank the thousands of people who have paid tribute to the late Nimoy.

“I am so humbled by the worldwide outpouring of love that has been displayed; words cannot express my feelings. There are so many people who I need to say thank you to.”

On the day Nimoy passed, Shatner had already taken to Twitter to express his grief, Tweeting, “I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love.”

Nimoy was 83 at the time he passed away, having fought a long and painful battle with COPD, due to years of smoking.