'Walking Dead' actor Scott Wilson, who played Hershel, has died

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An official "Walking Dead" Twitter account reported the news Saturday evening.

Colleagues and fans paid tribute to Wilson, who starred in around 30 episodes of the The Walking Dead in seasons two, three and four.

The cause of death has not been made available.

"The Walking Dead" actor Scott Wilson has died at the age of 76. Rest in paradise, Scott.

Wilson won hearts for playing Hershel, a veterinarian, farmer, and father who survives the zombie outbreak and becomes a leader and symbol of hope before being murdered.

The co-stars stepped out for the day to attend a screening and panel discussion for their hit show The Walking Dead.

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"Scott Wilson was simply the finest actor and more importantly the finest and most decent man I ever knew".

"All I can say now is that Scott Wilson profoundly impacted my life".

"Scott Wilson left the world as he lived in it - on his terms and exactly as he wanted to", the actress wrote. Scott Wilson will be greatly missed. "Don't make me cry", the actor added to a jammed packed venue.

The Walking Dead gets its new beginning starting at 9/8c tonight on AMC with an extended season premiere, launching the final episodes starring Andrew Lincoln's Rick Grimes.

Later in his career he appeared on numerous TV shows, including CSI, Bosch and The OA. He received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Capt. Billy Cupshaw in 1980's The Ninth Configuration. In Cold Blood director Richard Brooks selected Wilson for the role in part because he was unknown at the time. In an interview, she talked about female friendships and leadership in the show and how we can expect to see more of that. "A Noble actor and my dear friend", said comedian Rob Schneider.

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