Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a type of obstructive lung disease characterized by long term poor airflow. The main symptoms include shortness of breath and cough with sputum production. …
Leonard Nimoy died of complications from COPD on February 27, 2015, at the age of 83. He’d quit smoking 30 years earlier, but still suffered from the self-inflicted wound of cigarette addiction.
Near the end he wished his story might help reduce the number of COPD cases each year. It’s the third leading cause of death in the United States.
More than 3 million people died of COPD in 2012, which is equal to 6% of all deaths globally that year.
via Rob Sawyer