Edward Hermann Dead at 71

Edward Herrmann dies due to brain cancer complications at the age of 71.

Edward Herrmann, described as “the patriarch of Gilmore Girls,” is dead at just 71 years of age.

Edward Herrmann’s Death

Edward was first noticed by the masses in the 1976 Eleanor and Franklin telepics, with whom he starred in with Jane Alexander. He had spent the past month in a New York hospital’s ICU after previously having been diagnosed with brain cancer and was taken off his respirator, with his family’s permission, when his health continued to deteriorate.

According to those who knew Edward best, he was well-respected in the industry by both fans and colleagues alike. He played a number of notable roles, including a regularly appearing one in the WB’s Gilmore Girls where he portrayed “the upper-crust wealthy father who softens in the face of his strong-willed daughter and granddaughter,” as described by Variety’s Alex Stedman.

“Ed Herrmann was a towering presence who filled the room with grace, laughter, Chekhov references and several salty stories. He was our patriarch,” Gilmore Girls creator and executive producer Amy Sherman-Palladino told Variety.” Gilmore Girls would not exist without Ed. There really are no words.”

Edward Herrmann – Gilmore Girls’ Star

Actress Lauren Graham paid tribute to Edward, her TV dad on Gilmore Girls, via Twitter; saying, “My friend Ed Herrmann was the kindest, classiest, most talented man. It was an honor and a joy to know him, a devastating blow to lose him.”

Edward also played parts in Coach of the Year, coming out in 2015, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Good Wife, How I Met Your Mother, Richie Rich, the 1987 cult classic The Lost Boys, and in dozens of other mentionable movies and TV shows over the past several decades. He was also nominated in the 1970s for an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Edward Herrmann Dead, Leaves Behind 3 Children

Edward was twice married – first to Leigh Curran in 1978 (divorced in 1986) and then Star Hayner in 1993. He leaves behind three children, his two daughters with his second wife and stepson.

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