Edward Herrmann, the Gilmore Girls’ beloved patriarch, passed away today. He was 71.
An Emmy-winning actor (for a guesting stint on TV’s The Practice), he reportedly had been battling brain cancer and had been in the ICU this month. His condition sounds like it wasn’t the best, unfortunately: Evidently, he had been on a respirator, and since he hadn’t shown any signs of improvement, his family decided to take him off it.
His TV daughter, Lauren Graham, said via tweet that her “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.”
He surely will be missed.