A gaggle of stars rushed to Twitter upon hearing the news that Leonard Nimoy, who played the singular Mr. Spock across TV and film projects, had passed at the age of 83.

His death marks a rare moment in the culture where partisan differences give way to unabashed mourning.

Fans didn’t know Mr. Nimoy, but it’s a tribute to his body of work that they feel like they did.


Update: Nimoy’s longtime “Star Trek” co-star, William Shatner, shared his reaction at the loss of his dear friend.