William Shatner to miss Leonard Nimoy’s funeral, says “I Feel Really Awful”. The Canadian actor, who gained worldwide fame and became a cultural icon for his portrayal of James T. Kirk, Captain of the USS Enterprise alongside the Vulcan Spock says he will not be able to make his appearance at the eighty three year old’s funeral, who passed away on Friday because he has a prior commitment. Eighty three year old Shatner was the captain on the sixties ’60s sci-fi series and Nimoy was his first officer.
Shatner had said on Twitter after finding out about his death that he loved the actor,
“like a brother.”
“I am currently in FL as I agreed to appear at the Red Cross Ball tonight. Leonard’s funeral is tomorrow. I can’t make it back in time,” the actor tweeted on Saturday. “I feel really awful. Here I am doing charity work and one of my dearest friends is being buried.”
Shatner is set to be honored that evening at the 58th International Red Cross Ball at Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, along with actress Shirley MacLaine and Las Vegas performer Wayne Newton, in front of ambassadors, diplomats and philanthropists from around the world.
“So maybe tomorrow we come together here and celebrate his life,” Shatner added. “So let’s spend some time tomorrow celebrating Leonard’s life and remembering the man. Until tomorrow! #LLAP.”
“Live long and prosper” was Spock’s most famous catchphrase.
Nimoy leaves behind his wife Susan Bay, a son and daughter from a previous marriage, a stepson and six grandchildren.