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William Shatner Tweets His Regrets That He Can't Attend Leonard Nimoy's Funeral

LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 9:  Actors William Shatner (L) and Leonard Nimoy (R) promote the 'Star Trek' 40th Anniversary on the TV
LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 9: Actors William Shatner (L) and Leonard Nimoy (R) promote the 'Star Trek' 40th Anniversary on the TV Land network at the Four Seasons hotel August 9, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. Episodes of the show will air September 8. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

William Shatner took to Twitter on Saturday to express his regret over having to miss Leonard Nimoy's funeral.

Though the two "Star Trek" actors were very close friends, Shatner explained in a series of tweets that he won't be able to attend Nimoy's funeral on Sunday, due to a previous commitment to appear at the Red Cross Ball in Florida Saturday night. Though he will not be present at the funeral, Shatner said he plans to honor Nimoy's life from afar.

Shatner and Nimoy starred as Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock, respectively, on the "Star Trek" television series and in multiple feature films. Nimoy died Friday at his home in Los Angeles, at the age of 83. Following the announcement of Nimoy's death, Shatner released a statement expressing love for his longtime friend.

"I loved him like a brother," he said. "We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love."

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