Scott Wilson who was a key member of the cast of The Walking Dead before exiting the show in shocking fashion, has died. He was 76 and his death was announced today on 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. 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
Wilson played the beloved Hershel Greene on TWD from 2011-2014.
In the series, he was a veterinarian who kept a barn full of walkers, hoping to find a cure. He later lost his leg and then his life to the sword of the Governor. While his youngest daughter Beth was also killed off on the series, the Lauren Cohan portrayed Maggie Greene, now Maggie Rhee in marriage, is one of the leaders of the Survivors.
The news of Wilson’s death came within hours of the New York Comic-Con announcement that he would be reprising his role as Hershel Greene during the first half of The Walking Dead‘s ninth season, which kicks off this Sunday. It will be one of his final onscreen performances.
Wilson is survived by his wife, Heavenly, whom he married in 1977.
“Scott will always be remembered as a great actor and we all feel fortunate to have known him as an even better person,” AMC said in a statement Saturday. “The character he embodied on The Walking Dead, Hershel, lived at the emotional core of the show. Like Scott in our lives, Hershel was a character whose actions continue to inform our character’s choices to this day. Our hearts go out to his wife, his family, friends and to the millions of fans who loved him. Scott will be missed.”
Wilson also made memorable recurring appearances on CSI as Sam Braun, the father of Marg Helgenberger’s Catherine Willows, and followed his time on The Walking Dead with roles on Bosch and The OA.
A number of Wilson’s costars shared their thoughts and memories of him following the news of his death Saturday evening.
“The first time I met Scott Wilson, he gave me a big hug and said that this thing I had become apart of… was a family,” wrote TWD‘s Khary Payton on Twitter. “He said I had a responsibility to take care of it. I have tried very hard to do that, sir. & I will continue. I promise. See you on the other side, my friend.”
“Scott Wilson has departed. I am heartbroken. We are fewer. Go easy into the light brother,” wrote Bosch‘s Titus Welliver.
“I just heard the news about the passing of #ScottWilson,” Yvette Nicole Brown said on Twitter. “He was a wonderful man and I am heartbroken. #RIP #Hershel #TWD”
“Scott Wilson was simply the finest actor and more importantly the finest and most decent man I ever knew. A Noble actor and my dear friend,” wrote Rob Schneider. “Scott Wilson had the best lady to share his life, Heavenly Wilson. My heartfelt condolences to her & to all of Scott’s friends the world over.”
So sorry to hear of Scott Wilson's passing.
Not only was he a sublime actor and supremely centered human being, he was a sincere advocate for actors and other industry workers.
It was an honor to know and serve with him. Carry on, brother. See you on the other side… https://t.co/VBUd57tgss
— Clancy Brown (@RealClancyBrown) October 7, 2018
Goodbye Scott Wilson you absolute legend x
— Tom Payne (@justanactor) October 7, 2018
Rest easy my friend…… rest easy.
— Michael Cudlitz (@Cudlitz) October 7, 2018
Just learned that the wonderful actor Scott Wilson, has died. I'm terribly saddened. I just got to know Scott in the past 2-3 years, but I loved knowing him. He was a superb actor & a beloved member of our community. I'm really sorry to hear this. Rest in peace, actor. pic.twitter.com/vgsUhBxHhB
— Jim Beaver (@jumblejim) October 7, 2018