Edward Herrmann, who is perhaps best known for playing Rory Gilmore’s grandfather on Gilmore Girls, has died at the age of 71, according to TMZ.

Herrmann’s family said that he had been battling brain cancer. He was in intensive care for more than three weeks.

His health never improved, so the family made the decision to take him off of the respirator.

In addition to portraying Richard Gilmore on Gilmore Girls, Herrmann is also known for his role as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in two 1970’s TV movies: Eleanor and Franklin and Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years.

“Besides being an accomplished actor, [he] was also a true gentleman and a scholar, as well as being an incredibly kind and decent man,” Robbie Kass, his manager, said. “He will be sorely missed.”

Actress Lauren Graham, who played Richard Gilmore’s daughter on Gilmore Girls, called his death a “devastating blow” in a tweet that, as of this writing, has been retweeted almost 8,000 times.

Herrmann was nominated for multiple Emmy awards, including for his portrayal of FDR and two appearances on St. Elsewhere. He won an Emmy in 1999 for a role in The Practice.

Additionally, the actor has appeared in episodes of The Good Wife. He portrayed a vampire in The Lost Boys and was in Richie Rich with Macaulay Culkin. He also had an appearance in the The Wolf of Wall Street, featuring Leonardo DiCaprio.

Herrmann won a Best Actor in a Play Tony Award in 1976 for his performance in Mrs. Warren’s Profession. 

However, to pop culture nerds of the current era, Herrmann is almost certainly best known for his work in Gilmore Girls. During its run, that show enjoyed a particularly dedicated female viewership. Many of the show’s fans reacted with pleasant surprise when Netflix made the program available last fall on its television-on-demand platform.

Herrmann leaves behind a wife, Star, and three children.

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