William Shatner spoke out today about the passing of his co-star and friend, Leonard Nimoy.

Nimoy died today after being admitted to the hospital last week for chest pains. The legendary Jewish actor was 83.

Shatner, who is also Jewish, has appeared alongside Nimoy’s iconic character Spock in the film and television series Star Trek, Shatner as Captain Kirk.

“[inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”@Jspace_News” suffix=”-Shatner on Nimoy passing”]I loved him like a brother[/inlinetweet]. We will all miss his humor, his talent and his capacity to love,” Shatner said Friday.


Nimoy, born in Boston, recalled once that he grew up “in a very Jewish environment and was bar mitzvahed appropriately when I was 13.”

Born to Yiddish-speaking Orthodox Jews from Ukraine, Nimoy narrated the documentary “A Life Apart: Hasidism in America” in 1997, about the various sects of Hasidic Jews. In October 2002, Nimoy published “The Shekhina Project,” a photographic study inspired by Kabbalah. exploring the feminine aspect of God’s presence.

Nimoy passed in his Bel Air home. He is survived by his wife Susan and his two children.