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Celebrities Affected by Lung Disease

Leonard Nimoy

The actor Leonard Nimoy, much beloved for his role as Mr. Spock on “Star Trek,” passed away from end-stage COPD. A long-time smoker, Nimoy kicked the habit 30 years prior to his diagnosis.

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