Leonard Nimoy as Dr SpockStar Trek actor Leonard Nimoy has revealed he is suffering from serious lung disease and has urged fans of the cult science fiction series to quit smoking.

The 82-year-old who became a television legend thanks to his role of Doctor Spock in American space show Star Trek announced via social media he had been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and suggested his followers should give up cigarettes.

Speaking on Twitter he noted that he had given up smoking over three decades ago but even by that point it had proved ‘too late’ to help save his health.

I quit smoking 30 years ago. Not soon enough. I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit now!! LLAP (Live Long And Prosper) – Leonard Nimoy

Those who suffer from COPD find their airways narrow and breathing becomes difficult. Other symptoms include regular coughing, breathlessness and often chest infection issues.

Nimoy went into semi-retirement in 2010, however had made a couple of acting appearances since.

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