Worrying news for sci-fi fans – Star Trek legend Leonard Nimoy was rushed to the hospital after suffering from severe chest pain. The legendary actor transported to UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles on February 19th.
The scary thing is that this disease hit him after he quit smoking – 30 years ago.
Nimoy revealed his diagnosis on twitter and urged smokers to quits smoking: “I quit smoking 30 years ago. Not soon enough. I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit now!! Live long and prosper.”
COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, which obstructs the sufferer’s breathing as their airways narrow. Symptoms include breathlessness, persistent coughing and frequent chest infections. The actor was recently spotted looked frail, while being wheeled through JFK airport using an oxygen cylinder.
Leonard officially retired in 2010 after abdominal surgery, but has since made a number of TV and film comebacks and cameos. In 2012, he finished a successful stint playing the character Dr. William Bell on the hit science fiction thriller Fringe.
Nimoy’s representatives haven’t made any comments.