Leonard Nimoy’s Granddaughter Selling LLAP Shirts to Raise Money for COPD Research After His Death

Leonard Nimoy
Leonard Nimoy's granddaughter, Dani Schwartz, is selling "Live long and prosper" shirts to raise money for COPD research after his death from the disease at age 83 Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage

Leonard Nimoy's family wants to help others live long and prosper in the wake of his death at age 83. After news broke of his passing on Friday, Feb. 27, his granddaughter Dani Schwartz took to his Twitter account with a message for his millions of fans.

The tweet read simply "Leonard Nimoy 1931-2015" but included a link to a longer post from the Star Trek actor's family.

"Hi all, as you all know, my Grandpa passed away this morning at 8:40 from end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease," Schwartz wrote. "He was an extraordinary man, husband, grandfather, brother, actor, author — the list goes on — and friend. Thank you for the warm condolences. May you all LLAP."

The post went on to note that the family would be selling "Live long and prosper" shirts in Nimoy's memory, to help raise money for COPD research. A former smoker, he revealed his diagnosis with the disease in February 2014.

"I will be putting special shirts up on our site, SHOPLLAP.com, where all the proceeds will go to the COPD Foundation," Schwartz wrote. "I hope to hear from you all."

Schwartz was actually the one who got Nimoy started on Twitter. Back in 2012, he told StarTrek.com that she convinced him to join in order to promote their LLAP shop. "Dani is a wonderful young lady who works for another company doing Internet site work," he said at the time. "She does this as a side thing, and it's very personal for her and for me." 

Prior to Schwartz's tweet on Feb. 27, Nimoy's last missive to fans was a touching little pearl of wisdom that exemplified his poetic spirit.

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