The Death of DeForest Kelley
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De played Dr. Leonard McCoy on the original Star Trek and if you've never had the privilege of meeting the man, he was one of the good ones. Dr. McCoy played the "conscience" of the USS Enterprise, and much of his warmth and old-fashioned values echoed the personality of the actor who played him.
In fact, arguably, Captain Kirk was the soul of the ship, Spock the brain, and McCoy was the heart. It was very likely the chemistry of this trio that made the original series the success that it was. While the original Trek only lasted three seasons, it spawned ten major motion pictures, an animated series and three sequel television series.
I never really thought about how I would feel when a member of the original cast passed on, or even that it might happen at some point, yet it was inevitable. Perhaps seeing them cheat death so often has left me unprepared for the eventually.
Yet DeForest Kelley has left behind a legacy that few men can match, for indeed, how many people can claim to be so universally known and loved as the original crew of that long ago series?
Years will pass, and there will be new Star Trek's, but none will ever have that same meaning for me as the original and De, for being part of that, will always have a special place in my heart.
I will close with words that are more of a tribute to him than I could ever write.
"He's dead, Jim."
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