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Revealed: The Secret Feud With William Shatner That Leonard Nimoy Took To The Grave — Does That Explain The Funeral No-Show?

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Mar. 2 2015, Updated 1:09 p.m. ET

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After William Shatner didn't attend Leonard Nimoy's funeral, takes a look at the factors that caused a rift between the Star Trek co-stars over the years.

The upcoming edition of The National ENQUIRER reports that Shatner, in his 2008 autobiography "Up Till Now," cited a number of exchanges that led to a feud between himself and Nimoy, who died Feb. 27 in his Bel Air home.

On the set of the 60s hit, the two didn't hit it off, as Shatner -- who has famously feuded with Star Trek co-star George Takei over the years -- said that Nimoy struck him as distant and disconnected.

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The actor who played Capt. James T. Kirk wrote that more than 25 years ago, Nimoy did not invite any of his co-stars to his 1989 wedding to Susan Bay, as his bride feared it would morph into a "Star Trek reunion."

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Another uncomfortable incident that likely put more distance between the actors occurred a decade later, with the August 1999 death of Shatner's wife Nerine Kidd.

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Kidd hit her head and wound up in the bottom of the pool of the Studio City, Calif. home they shared with a high blood-alcohol level of 0.27. Years before, Nimoy, a recovered alcoholic, had offered his help to Shatner to help his then-wife with her drinking problem, counseled her and took her to AA meetings.

Shatner said on Twitter he "loved Nimoy like a brother" following his longtime co-star's death, and that they were "very" close. After a number of media outlets had taken Shatner to task for missing the funeral, the actor Sunday said that he was committed to attend a fundraiser in Florida for the Red Cross, and that his daughters Melanie and Lisabeth attended the funeral on his behalf.



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