Leonard Nimoy's Daughter Plans Tribute Film to Late 'Star Trek' Icon

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Julie Nimoy hopes the documentary helps people with chronic lung disease gain from new medical advances.

Leonard Nimoy’s daughter is planning a tribute film to the late Star Trek icon to help people with chronic lung disease gain from new treatments.

Julie Nimoy, in a statement on Monday, said her late father, who was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in early 2014, might have "greatly benefited" from information about new treatments for a disease often caused by cigarette smoking.

"As a special tribute to my father, and to bring more information about COPD to light, I am pleased to announce that my fiancée, David Knight, and I are producing a new documentary film that is going to include the latest advances and treatments available today," Julie Nimoy said.

The documentary, COPD: The Logical Way to Improve Lung Function and Breathe Better, will be released by Health Point Productions in the winter of 2015. Nimoy, who was 83 when he died on February 27, 2015 from complications associated with COPD, spoke out about the dangers of smoking upon news of his diagnosis last year.

The legendary actor played Mr. Spock in the Star Trek franchise for 47 years. "We hope this film will be a fitting tribute to Leonard Nimoy, who accomplished so much in his life despite being afflicted by COPD," Dr. Richard Casaburi, the documentary’s medical advisor, said in his own statement.