William Shatner expresses sadness at missing Leonard Nimoy's funeral

Actor said he is busy with charity work

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The actor William Shatner has spoken of his sadness at missing today’s funeral of Leonard Nimoy – the man he played opposite as Capt James T Kirk of the USS Enterprise.

“I am currently in Florida as I agreed to appear at the Red Cross Ball tonight. Leonard’s funeral is tomorrow. I can’t make it back in time,” Mr Shatner tweeted on Saturday.

“I feel really awful. Here I am doing charity work and one of my dearest friends is being buried.”

As a consolation, he proposed a gathering to honour Mr Nimoy in Palm Beach. Mr Nimoy, celebrated as the man who played the half-man half-Vulcan character Mr Spock in the Star Trek television series of movies, died on Friday in Los Angeles. He was 83.

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Leonard Nimoy died last week in Los Angeles

“Maybe tomorrow we come together here and celebrate his life,” said Mr Shatner.