The creators behind "Star Trek Online," the massive online role-playing game based on the popular TV series, have announced a digital memorial to the late Leonard Nimoy. The 83-year-old, who played the beloved character Spock for more than 50 years, passed away last Friday after being hospitalized for end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

In a post late Friday, the Star Trek Online team praised Nimoy for his work not only in acting, but also as a "a teacher, a poet, an artist and a father."

"We were honored to have Mr. Nimoy as part of Star Trek Online," they wrote. "He helped us announce the development of STO at the Las Vegas convention in 2009, and returned to portray Spock again in the game itself. The few hours we were able to spend talking to him about Star Trek, its meaning and the impact Trek has had on its fans are something we will always treasure."

Executive producer Steve Ricossa in a statement that a regularly planned maintenance update later this week will include a permanent digital memorial to Nimoy.

"Everyone at Cryptic Studios was saddened to hear of his passing and we want to make sure we never forget the cultural impact of the man or the character he played," he said.

In this way, we hope to keep his memory as alive in our game as he is in all of our hearts," he added. "LLAP."

LLAP is shorthand for "live long and prosper," the iconic Vulcan salute and a saying that Nimoy used throughout his life; including his last bittersweet tweet last week.

While it's currently unclear what kind of statue or monument the Star Trek Online team will honor Nimoy with, it's clear that it will become a landmark of great interest to the online community. After hearing of his death last week, more than 1,000 online players traveled to the in-game planet Vulcan to gather around a fountain and pay their respects to Nimoy. Reddit user MrMorlonelycat snapped the image below.

The Nimoy memorial will go online Thursday, March 5.

LLAP, Commander Spock.

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'Star Trek Online' to honor Leonard Nimoy with virtual memorial
Actor, best known for his role as Spock in the original 1960s 'Star Trek' series, passed away last Friday at the age of 83.