Scott Wilson, the actor known as Hershel on The Walking Dead, has died. He was 76.
The actor’s rep, Dominic Mancini, tells ET that Wilson died due to complications from leukemia. Mancini says Wilson was “a national treasure, a calm voice and a gentle spirit to everyone who came in contact with him.” We’re told he passed away peacefully at his home in L.A. Mancini added that, “Scott will be missed.”
The news was first reported by The Walking Dead‘s official Twitter on Saturday, who sent their condolences to the actor’s family and friends.
“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,” the tweet read. “Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Rest in paradise, Scott. We love you!”
Wilson played Hershel, Lauren Cohan’s Maggie’s onscreen father. The actor joined the AMC zombie series in season two, with his character ultimately dying in the fourth season.
On Saturday, TWD showrunner Angela Kang revealed during the show’s New York Comic-Con panel that Wilson was set to appear on the new season. No additional details were given at the time. He was also slated to appear at Walker Stalker Con in Atlanta, Georgia, later this month.
With over 80 acting credits to his name, Wilson earned his first acting gig in 1967’s In the Head of the Night. He had roles in movies like Femme Fatale, G.I. Jane, Pearl Harbor, The Last Samurai, The Host, and most recently, Hostiles. On the TV side, he appeared in The OA,Damien, Bosch, The X-Files and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Sam Braun. He also received a Golden Globe nomination in 1981 for his supporting role in the drama The Ninth Configuration.