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Leonard Nimoy left touching final message to fans

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Posted at 12:25 PM, Feb 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-27 14:46:57-05

"Live long and prosper."

The words that will always be connected with actor Leonard Nimoy also ended his last public message to his many fans.

Nimoy died at his home on Friday morning at the age of 83.

The actor, author and singer is best known for playing Spock in several iterations of the "Star Trek" franchise, over an acting career that spanned more than six decades.

On Monday, Nimoy sent a message from his Twitter account to his over 1 million followers. It would be his final.

"LLAP" stands for "Live long and prosper," a phrase commonly uttered by Spock.

In addition to the "Star Trek" television series, which first aired in 1966, Nimoy played his signature role in eight movies, the latest being 2013's "Star Trek Into Darkness." He also directed two "Star Trek" films and the 1987 comedy "3 Men and a Baby."

Nimoy's first film credit came in the 1951 film "Queen for a Day." He also acted in episodes of popular television series including "The Twilight Zone," "General Hospital" and "Gunsmoke." Recently, he had a recurring role on Fox's science-fiction series "Fringe."

Early in his career, Nimoy, born to two Jewish immigrants from Ukraine, served in the United States Army Reserves. He was honorably discharged in 1955 after attaining the rank of sergeant.

After "Star Trek" took off, Nimoy released four music albums in the 1960s. His second record, "Two Sides of Leonard Nimoy" included the song "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins," which has since become a cult classic.

He also published 12 books, including a pair of autobiographies and seven volumes of poetry. Nimoy's most recent book, 2010's "Secret Selves," was a collection of his own photography.

Leonard Nimoy is survived by two children and his wife Susan.

Clint Davis is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @MrClintDavis.