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Veteran actor, cult-hero, icon, Leonard Nimoy died Friday morning in his Los Angeles home. Blaming his years as a smoker, Nimoy passed due to complications from his long battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Best known for his portrayal of Star Trek's Chief Science Officer, Spock, Leonard Nimoy's diverse talents extend far beyond acting, into poetry, photography and music.

A hard-working character actor, thriving through television's infancy, Nimoy excelled at playing the outsider, or mysterious loner, a common archetype in early westerns. In 1966 he was offered the role of a different kind of outsider, a role that would forever launch him into media iconography, Star Trek's only regular alien, the Vulcan, Mr. Spock.

After a three year run on the bridge of the Enterprise, using Gene Roddenberry's imagined utopia to explore the complex social issues of race, gender, and morality in 1960's America, Star Trek was canceled. Ten years later, after a cult group of fans called Trekkies (or Trekkers) coalesced around the series, Nimoy would return as Spock. This time, on the silver screen.

After eight films, Spock along with the original Enterprise crew would retire from the franchise, but not for long. In 2009, when J.J. Abrams re-booted the original Star Trek crew, Leonard Nimoy would reprise his role as the Vulcan. Being the only veteran actor from the franchise to appear in the new series, Nimoy would go on to make an appearance in it's sequel Star Trek Into Darkness.

While Nimoy wasn't always happy being pigeon-holed as Spock, there was something of himself in the character. Feeling nearly ten years after the series wrapped,

To this day, I sense Vulcan speech patterns, Vulcan social attitudes and even Vulcan patterns of logic and emotional suppression in my behavior
Trekkies world-wide will mourn the loss of Leonard Nimoy and lament, that he has been, and always shall be, our friend.

Christopher Lee Dies at 93
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After respiratory problems and heart failure led to hospitalization, longtime veteran actor and delightful embodiment of wickedness, Christopher Lee died at age 93 June 7, according to The Guardian.

The veteran actor, immortalised in films from Dracula to The Wicker Man, and via James Bond villainy to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, died at 8.30am on Sunday morning at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London.

His wife, the former Danish model Birgit Kroencke, decided to hold back the information for four days until all family members and friends were informed. The couple had been married for more than 50 years and had one daughter, Christina.

The actor was knighted in 2009 for services to drama and charity, and was awarded the Bafta fellowship in 2011.

Even though he began his acting career 68 years ago, he continued delivering fantastic work well on into old age. His brought the dastardly wizard Saruman to striking life in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movies and appeared as Count Dooku in the Star Wars prequels.

For many, though, he will always be the face of Dracula, which he played through the 1950s, 60s and 70s with the British film production company Hammer.

He was a great actor and will be missed.

British fantasy author Terry Pratchett dies at 66.
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The BBC reported the death of Sir Terry Pratchet Thursday morning. He was 66 years old.

The British author had written more than 70 books. Many of these took place in DiscWorld, a joyfully ridiculuous fantasy setting full of wizards, witches, and brave detectives.

In 2007, he publicly announced his Alzheimer's diagnosis, warning that it would possibly lead to a slow down in his writing. However, only two years ago, he told The Telegraph "I thought my Alzheimers would be a lot worse than this."

His final book, The Long Mars released last summer.


Remembering Terry Pratchett with His Quotes

With the sad passing away of hilarious British novelist Terry Pratchet, we thought it would be a good idea to look back at some of his many, many quotable quotes.

He was very much the quintessential man of words. Looking back on some of his various words of wisdom and whimsy just might be the best way to remember him.

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