As if I'm anywhere close to being able to talk about Leonard Nimoy's death without my heart hurting like crazy. Apparently, Nimoy's daughter is planning a tribute film to help honor his memory. Even without hearing anything more about it, you can already feel the stinging pain in your emotions. I don't know how I'm going to be able to handle it. And, just to drive that point home even further, the film won't be a retrospective of his career and achievements, but also about saving others from the chronic lung disease that ultimately took his life.
On Feb. 27 of this year, at the age of 73, Nimoy died of complications from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), which he was diagnosed with in 2014. It was a death made all the more tragic by the fact that he'd quit smoking cigarettes over three decades before. Julie believes that her father could have "greatly benefited" from information about potentially life-saving new treatments, and, as she said in a statement, she is making the movie largely to get the word out:
As a special tribute to my father, and to bring more information about COPD to light, I am pleased to announce that my fiancée, David Knight, and I are producing a new documentary film that is going to include the latest advances and treatments available today.
The documentary will be called COPD: The Logical Way to Improve Lung Function and Breathe Better. It will be released this winter, and it is the best way I can think of to honor this great man's memory. Live long and prosper. (I'm not crying. You're crying. We're all crying, OK?)