Scott Wilson, known for his portrayal of Hershel Greene on The Walking Dead has passed away. Wilson was 76. The announcement came hours after the cast of The Walking Dead appeared at New York Comic Con. At NYCC, Angela Kang also announced that Wilson would return as Hershel in season nine that begins today.

We are deeply saddened to report that Scott Wilson, the incredible actor who played Hershel on , has passed away at the age of 76. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Rest in paradise, Scott. We love you!- The Walking Dead, Twitter

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The past and present cast took to social media to express their gratitude and sadness for the iconic actor. Wilson had been acting for over 50 years. Previous to TWD, he was best known as Richard Hickock in the 1967 adaptation of In Cold BloodHe was on TWD from 2011-2014 as Hershel, a widowed farmer turn father figure. Spaghetti Tuesdays won’t be the same.

It’s kind of a running joke that anyone will a moral compass doesn’t last long on TWD. Wilson’s portrayal of Hershel was the ultimate moral compass. I got the chance to say hello to Mr. Wilson during Walker Stalker Con, as I’m sure many fans have. He was such a warm and gracious man. He kind of makes you forget you’re talking to a celebrity and that you’re talking to a great and wise man. Thank you Scott Wilson for being a great man. 

TWD cast members, Chandler Riggs (Carl Grimes), Emily Kinney (Beth Greene), Laurie Holden (Andrea), Khary Peyton (Ezekiel) and many others posted tributes to Wilson.  

The Walking Dead season nine premieres tonight, October 7 on AMC.





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