It's been a year this month since Leonard Nimoy's passing at the age of 83 from COPD. His family is keeping his legacy alive and working to educate people about the dangers of smoking, and the deadliness of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Leonard Nimoy was known as "Mr. Spock" from the original Star Trek franchise, and his various philanthropic initiatives for the advancement of performing arts. Mr. Nimoy died on February 27th after battling severe COPD for two years.
"COPD is the third biggest killer in the country. My father spent his last year trying to warn people about it, and this is the mission that we’ve taken on," Julie Nimoy, his daughter, tells Newsmax Health.
An estimated 11 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with COPD, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The American Lung Association estimates that there are an additional 13 million people who suffer from COPD but have either gone undiagnosed or are not aware they have it.