'The Walking Dead' Actor Scott Wilson Dies at 76

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Actor Scott Wilson, known for his role on AMC's The Walking Dead, has died. He was 76. 

Wilson's rep confirmed the sad news after it was first revealed on the AMC series' official Twitter on Saturday.

Calling Wilson "a national treasure" and "a calm voice and a gentle spirit to everyone who came into contact with him," rep Dominic Mancini told ET Online the cause was complications from leukemia.

On Twitter, the show extended condolences to Wilson's loved ones. 

"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," the tweet read. "Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Rest in paradise, Scott. We love you!"

Wilson was part of the cast starting in season two until his character was killed off in season four. ET Online reports that showrunner Angela Kang told a crowd at New York's Comic Con on Saturday that Wilson was set to appear in the new season in some capacity.

The Georgia native's credits stretch back to the 1960's and include a role as a murder suspect in 1967's In the Heat of the Night alongside screen legend Sidney Poitier.

Per IMDB, Wilson also appeared over the years in films including Femme Fatale, G.I. Jane, and Pearl Harbor among dozens of others.

Wilson is survived by his wife of 40 years, Heavenly Wilson. 

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