Leonard Nimoy, the Star Trek actor who played the role of Mr. Spock, who made famous the Vulcan salute and the phrase, “live long and prosper,” has died at the age of 83. According to his wife, the cause of death was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Nimoy was a cultural icon. Aside from his popular Star Trek role, he had parts in many movies, sadly, most of which were before my time. But he’ll be remembered most as Spock and he had a tremendous effect on many lives.