Edward Herrmann, known for his role as Richard Gilmore on Gilmore Girls, passed away on New Year’s Eve in New York, TMZ reported. The actor was 71.
The actor’s family told the website that he’d been in the hospital’s intensive care unit for almost four weeks battling brain cancer. Since Herrmann’s condition wasn’t improving, “his family decided to take him off the respirator.”
The actor, who got his start in film in the 1970s, also appeared on other popular shows, including Oz, Grey’s Anatomy and Law & Order. He also starred in several films, such as 1994's Richie Rich, 2007’s I Think I Love My Wife and 2013’s Are You Here.
Herrmann is survived by his wife Star Benson and three children.
His peers and fans quickly took to Twitter to remember the late star.
My first movie I was ever in I had one scene and it was just Edward Herrmann and I. He was a nice and classy guy
— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) December 31, 2014
I'm actually very emotional about Edward Herrmann passing away. RIP Richard Gilmore :(
— Neil McNeil (@Neil_McNeil) December 31, 2014
Sad to hear the news about Edward Herrmann. Met him at Sundance years ago, really nice man. God bless.
— Cara Russell (@carajrussell) December 31, 2014
RIP Edward Herrmann, brilliant actor, sad times, thoughts are with his family #GilmoreGirls
— Khyle Deen (@KhyleDeen) December 31, 2014
RIP Edward Herrmann aka Grandpa Gilmore.
— Megan Rae (@meganrae20) December 31, 2014