William Shatner Explains Why He Had To Skip 'Star Trek' Co-Star Leonard Nimoy's Funeral—'I Did My Best'

William Shatner Skips Leonard Nimoy Funeral

Mar. 2 2015, Updated 6:18 p.m. ET

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William Shatner opened up Monday about why he wasn't able to attend the funeral of his late Star Trek co-star, Leonard Nimoy.

"I did my best…chose to be with the Red Cross," the actor, who played Captain James T. Kirk opposite Nimoy's Mr. Spock, explains in a new video shot today. He added that he continues to "celebrate the living" and "mourn the dead."

Shatner, 83, was forced to stay in Florida for the charity "commitment I made months ago," he has noted on social media. "Walking out on a major fundraiser wouldn't have you calling me a jerk for leaving a charity high and dry?"

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As RadarOnline.com reported, following 83-year-old Nimoy's death on Feb. 27, Shatner wrote on Twitter that he "loved him like a brother".

After a number of media outlets had taken Shatner to task for missing the funeral, the actor said that his daughters Melanie and Lisabeth attended the funeral on his behalf.

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