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Leonard Nimoy, who played Vulcan Science Officer Mr Spock in the Star Trek TV series and films, has revealed he was recently diagnosed with serious lung disease COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).

Despite giving up cigarettes over 30 years ago, the 82-year-old actor took to social media sites such as Twitter to warn his millions of fans around the world about the dangers of smoking.

Leonard Tweeted: “I quit smoking 30 years ago. Not soon enough. I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit now!! LLAP”

COPD is a type of lung disease which causes chronically poor airflow. It typically worsens over time. Some of the symptoms are shortness of breath and coughing. A very ill looking Leonard was pictured in a wheelchair with an oxygen tank at JFK airport in New York.

He was heading to the Caribbean island of Saint Martin hoping the better climate could help reduce his symptoms. Leonard last appeared on cinema screens in last year’s blockbusting film Star Trek: Into The Darkness, and Sky1 TV series Fringe in 2012.