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Obama Mourns 'Star Trek' Icon Leonard Nimoy: 'I Loved Spock'

02/27/2015 03:53 pm ET | Updated Mar 05, 2015

President Barack Obama mourned the death of actor Leonard Nimoy on Friday, praising the "Star Trek" icon for his commitment to the arts and sciences as well as his performance as the "cool, logical, big-eared and level-headed" Mr. Spock.

Read Obama's full statement:

Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy. Leonard was a lifelong lover of the arts and humanities, a supporter of the sciences, generous with his talent and his time. And of course, Leonard was Spock. Cool, logical, big-eared and level-headed, the center of Star Trek’s optimistic, inclusive vision of humanity’s future.

I loved Spock.

In 2007, I had the chance to meet Leonard in person. It was only logical to greet him with the Vulcan salute, the universal sign for “Live long and prosper.” And after 83 years on this planet – and on his visits to many others – it’s clear Leonard Nimoy did just that. Michelle and I join his family, friends, and countless fans who miss him so dearly today.

Nimoy died Friday at the age of 83 due to end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He had been hospitalized earlier this week.

Several other politicians took to Twitter on Friday to remember the legendary actor.

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