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Fans Are Paying Tribute To "Walking Dead" Actor Scott Wilson, Who Has Died At Age 76

Wilson starred in the zombie apocalypse show as Hershel Greene.

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Veteran actor Scott Wilson, best known for playing Hershel Greene on the cult show The Walking Dead, has died at the age of 76, the show confirmed on Twitter.

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! https://t.co/guNI7zSqDZ

Wilson appeared on the AMC television show from 2011 until 2014, when his character was killed in the fourth season. Wilson's death was announced on the show's official Twitter account late on Saturday night.

The account tweeted: "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!"

Wilson's representative, Dominic Mancini, told TMZ that he died due to leukemia-related complications. Mancini said Wilson was "a national treasure, a calm voice, and a gentle spirit to everyone who came in contact with him."

Just an hour before his death was confirmed on Saturday, Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang told fans at New York Comic Con that Wilson would reprise his role as the Greene family patriarch in the show's upcoming ninth season, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The ninth season premieres in the US on Sunday night; it's not known when or in what context Wilson may appear.

Wilson's character "lived at the emotional core of the show," AMC said in a statement.

"Like Scott in our lives, Hershel was a character whose actions continue to inform our characters' choices to this day. Our hearts go out to his wife, family, friends and to the millions of fans who loved him. Scott will be missed."

Wilson has been remembered by fellow Walking Dead cast members who posted moving messages on social media.

Chandler Riggs, who recently departed from the show after eight seasons of playing Carl Grimes, wrote a touching post on Instagram.

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Riggs wrote: "My main squiz. Scott and I always said that to each other on set (followed by finger guns), and I still have no idea what it means — but man am I gonna miss you. We all learned so much from you, and it’s so saddening to hear that you aren’t with us anymore. I’ll never forget the things you told me and the time we spent together on set. Love you man. I’m gonna miss you."

Current cast member Khary Payton shared how he was embraced by Wilson on their first encounter.

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. 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. https://t.co/EhMm0dQbtx

Cast member Tom Payne described Wilson as a "legend".

Goodbye Scott Wilson you absolute legend x

Michael Cudlitz, who played Sgt. Abraham Ford on the series, joined the tributes.

Rest easy my friend...... rest easy.

Original cast member Laurie Holden called Wilson "one of the finest human beings".

Today we lost one of the finest human beings myself and so many others have ever known. Scott Wilson was pure love, kindness, elegance & grace. He had the ability to make me smile on the darkest of days. He was pure LOVE. I will miss him for the rest of my life. #RIPScottWilson https://t.co/21ktM5WeCW

Wilson was "loved by many", according to actor Daniel Newman.

@TheWalkingDead RIP my friend. All my love to Scott Wilson family & friends! " Hershel " to our #WalkingDead⁠ ⁠ fans, such an amazing man that showed so much love to so many! So many conventions and shows and talent ! You will be missed Legend #twd⁠ ⁠

Fans of the show have also expressed sadness at his death and poured in tributes and messages under the hashtag #RIPScottWilson.

You walk outside, you risk your life. You take a drink of water, you risk your life. Nowadays you breathe and you risk your life. You don’t have a choice. The only thing you can choose is what you’re risking it for. ~~Hershel Green #RIPScottWilson

No words can describe what I am feeling right now. Thank you Scott Wilson for the profound work you did on #TheWalkingDead and beyond. You are a legend, and will be missed. #RIPScottWilson 💔 https://t.co/VdlYvVJS7a

I’m shocked and saddened to learn that Scott Wilson has passed away. In my times meeting him he was always kind and generous. Such a sweet man. He’ll by greatly missed. 😭💔 #RIPScottWilson #TWDFamily https://t.co/snXh9862r8

#RIPScottWilson You will be heavily missed. Much love and prayers to the family ❤🙏

Can’t believe I’ve just woke up to this news. My heart genuinely hurts. So honoured I got the chance to meet this lovely man. #RIPScottWilson 💔💔💔😭😭😭 https://t.co/tFHsMWMrcw

You could choose literally any one of his performances but if what you want to see is real ACTING then what you watch is Scott Wilson in THE NINTH CONFIGURATION. He is magnificent in it. It's on @shudder. Watch it if you haven't. We lost a giant today, everyone. #RIPScottWilson

Some fans have even planned to set aside Wednesday for "Spaghetti Tuesday" in Wilson's honour — a nod to a Season 4 joke.

R.I.P to Hershel aka Scott Wilson! My condolences to his family & friends. 😭 All TWD fans should have Spaghetti Tuesdays on Wednesday in honor of him! 🍝 #TWD #TWDFamily https://t.co/Ndrbf8mcTL

@TheWalkingDead Thank you scott! We will miss you, we should all have spaghetti tuesday to honor him. RIP

I have no words to express how I am feeling. Losing Scott Wilson tonight is a big hit on The Walking Dead Fanbase. But I promise to always have spaghetti Tuesdays every Wednesday. But first I got to find some spaghetti.

RIP scott Wilson you were an amazing actor TWD fanbase will be having spaghetti Tuesday on Wednesday

I loved Hershel in the Walking Dead. He was an amazing character and Scott Wilson was an amazing actor. I will have Spaghetti Tuesday on Wednesday just for you, Scott. 😣😖😭 #RIPScottWilson https://t.co/4OZUDZCP7w

Wilson starred in some 50 movies in a career stretching back to the 1960s, including In Cold Blood in 1967.