The Walking Dead is mourning the death of former cast member Scott Wilson who has died at the age of 76. They reported the news on their the Walking Dead comic official Twitter account.
“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 statement read according to Deadline. “Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Rest in paradise, Scott. We love you.”
Wilson played the stubborn veterinarian Hershel Greene from 2011-2014; an original outbreak survivor. He believed that the walkers were still human and suffering from an illness. He kept the ones he could catch in his barn.
At one point in the show, he lost a leg and spoiler alert, his life at the hands of the Governor.
Originally from Georgia, Wilson’s time in Hollywood spanned decades. After graduating from a Georgia high school in 1960, he headed west to Hollywood to study acting. After five years with barely anything to show for it, he finally got his big break in In the Heat of the Night.
From there he appeared in The Great Gatsby (1967)and Truman Capote’s adaptation of In Cold Blood. His career included a variety of genres including horror. He had a small part in Exorcist III and starred as Eugene in Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon.
Aside from his role on The Walking Dead, his other major television credit was as Las Vegas casino owner Sam Braun on CSI.
Wilson’s is survived by his wife, Heavenly, an artist and attorney.
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! pic.twitter.com/guNI7zSqDZ
— The Walking Dead (@TheWalkingDead) October 7, 2018