Walking Dead Actor Scott Wilson Dies Aged 76
The Walking Dead star Scott Wilson, who played Hershel Greene, has passed away aged 76.
As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Wilson died in Los Angeles following a battle with cancer.
The Georgia-born actor is also known for his roles inThe Ninth Configuration, In Cold Blood and In The Heat Of The Night.
While details were not immediately made available, the official verified Twitter account for The Walking Dead comic book, on which the hit AMC show is based, confirmed the news.
Yesterday (October 6) they tweeted:
We are deeply saddened to report that Scott Wilson, the incredible actor who played Hershel on #TheWalkingDead, has passed away at the age of 76.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Rest in paradise, Scott. We love you!
Only an hour before, news started spreading on social media about Wilson’s death.
During a panel at New York Comic-Con 2018 The Walking Dead showrunner, Angela Kang, said Wilson is reprising his role as Hershel in season nine.
Premiering tonight (October 7) it’s not known how many episodes Wilson was due to appear in.
Sources have confirmed he did film some scenes for the latest season.
In a statement provided to The Hollywood Reporter, a spokesman for AMC addressed the news of Wilson’s death, saying:
Scott will always be remembered as a great actor, and we all feel fortunate to have known him as an even better person.
The character he embodied on The Walking Dead, Hershel, lived at the emotional core of the show. Like Scott in our lives, Hershel was a character whose actions continue to inform our characters’ choices to this day.
Our hearts go out to his wife, family, friends and to the millions of fans who loved him. Scott will be missed.
Both cast and crew members have been posting tributes to the actor on their social media, paying their respects.
Writer Glen Mazzarra wrote on Twitter:
All I can say now is that Scott Wilson profoundly impacted my life. I was honored and lucky enough to work with him on #TheWalkingDead & #Damien. He was a great friend, one I loved very much.
Actor Khary Payton shared his memories of Wilson:
The first time I met Scott Wilson, he gave me a big hug and said that this thing I had become apart of… was a family.
He said I had a responsibility to take care of it. I have tried very hard to do that, sir. & I will continue.
I promise. See you on the other side, my friend.
Titus Welliver, who starred alongside Wilson in Bosch, tweeted:
Scott Wilson has departed. I am heartbroken. We are fewer. Go easy into the light brother.
Fellow actor, David Morrissey, praised Wilson as being ‘a great man’:
Heartbroken hearing the news about my friend Scott Wilson . A great man and true friend. Aa well as a fabulous actor. RIP buddy. [sic]
Our thoughts are with the friends and family of Scott Wilson during this difficult time.
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