‘Star Trek’ icon Leonard Nimoy has reportedly been hospitalized due to complaints of severe chest pains.
According to reports, on Thursday, February 19, Nimoy was experiencing chest pains serious enough to prompt a 911 call. The actor was taken to UCLA Medical Center, however, there is no official word as to whether the actor is still at the facility at this time. According to a UCLA Medical Center spokesperson, they can neither ”confirm, deny or acknowledge’ that Nimoy was or is there, however Nimoy has reportedly been to the hospital multiple times in the past few months.
Nimoy has been suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and had officially announced his condition last year after photos of him sitting in a wheelchair with an oxygen mask hit the web. Although he had stopped smoking 30 years ago, he attributed his condition to his smoking and urged his fans to stop.
According to the COPD Foundation, “COPD is an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory (non-reversible) asthma, and some forms of bronchiectasis” and is characterized by increasing breathlessness.
Despite Nimoy’s diagnosis, the actor has continued to stay involved in all things involving the ‘Trek’ world and had even reprised his role as Spock Prime in the 2013 film ‘Star Trek Into Darkness.’
Nimoy’s current condition is unknown but we’ll make sure to update this story when we hear more.