'Gilmore Girls' star Edward Herrmann dead at 71

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 21: Actor Edward Herrmann attends the 39th International Emmy Awards at the Mercury Ballroom at the New York Hilton on November 21, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 13: (L-R) Actors Edward Herrmann, Alexis Bledel and Kelly Bishop attend the 'Love, Loss, and What I Wore' 500th performance celebration at B Smith's Restaurant on January 13, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 21: Actor Edward Herrmann attends the 39th International Emmy Awards at the Mercury Ballroom at the New York Hilton on November 21, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JANUARY 08: (L-R) Actors Lauren Graham, Kelly Bishop and Edward Herrmann attend the opening night after party for 'Becky Shaw' at Spanky's on January 8, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
Edward Herrmann (Photo by Rob Loud/WireImage)
Edward Herrmann and daughter Ryan during Creative Alternative NY held their 2006 annual benefit at Sardi's at Sardi's in Manhattan, New York, United States. (Photo by M. Von Holden/FilmMagic for Creative Alternatives)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 2: Actors Dan Castellaneta (L) and Edward Herrmann attend a post party following a live reading of the Warner Bros. screenplay 'Casablanca' presented by The Actors' Fund of America at the Pantages Theater on October 2, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Phil McCarten/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 2: Actors (L-R) Tom McGowan, Michael York, Edward Herrmann and Christian Slater participate in a live reading of the Warner Bros. screenplay 'Casablanca' presented by The Actors' Fund of America at the Pantages Theater on October 2, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Phil McCarten/Getty Images)
Edward Herrmann and Kelly Bishop of 'Gilmore Girls' (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)
UNSPECIFIED - FEBRUARY 15: Medium profile shot of Alexis Bledel as Rory sitting on couch with Edward Herrmann as Richard. (Photo by Patrick Ecclesine/Warner Bros./Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - FEBRUARY 15: Full shot of Edward Herrmann seated at dinner table with Alexis Bledel as Rory and Kelly Bishop as Emily. (Photo by Patrick Ecclesine/Warner Bros./Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - FEBRUARY 15: Medium shot of Edward Herrmann as Richard. (Photo by Patrick Ecclesine/Warner Bros./Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS - FEBRUARY 7: Actor Edward Herrmann attends the Museum of Television & Radio Presents 'Gilmore Girls' 100th Episode Celebration at The Museum of Television & Radio on February 7, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - DECEMBER 29: Medium profile shot of Lauren Graham as Lorelai talking with Edward Herrmann as Richard. (Photo by Patrick Ecclesine/Warner Bros./Getty Images)
Edward Herrmann during The Gilmore Girls Celebrate 100th Episode at The Space in Santa Monica, California, United States. (Photo by J. Merritt/FilmMagic)
UNSPECIFIED - OCTOBER 28: Medium shot of Kelly Bishop as Emily, Alexis Bledel as Rory and Edward Herrmann as Richard talking with party guests. (Photo by Danny Feld/Warner Bros./Getty Images)
Edward Herrmann and Matt Blank, chairman and CEO of Showtime (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - MAY 7: Actors Edward Herrmann (L) Michael C. Hall and actress Vinessa Shaw attend Showtime's Tribeca Film Festival Bash May 7, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
Vinessa Shaw, Edward Herrmann and Ari Graynor during 3rd Annual Tribeca Film Festival - 'Bereft' Portrait Session at Turning Leaf Portrait Studio in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - JULY 24: Actor Edward Herrmann attends the WB Summer TCA Press Tour - After Party on July 24, 2000 at Il Fornaio Restaurant in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 12: Actor Edward Herrmann and actress Debra Monk attend the 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 12, 1999 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Edward Herrmann during 'Intolerable Cruelty' Premiere - Arrivals at Academy Theatre in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
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Actor Edward Herrmann, famous for his role as Richard Gilmore on Gilmore Girls, reportedly died this morning in a New York hospital at the age of 71.

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According to TMZ, Herrmann had reportedly been battling brain cancer. His family made the difficult decision to take him off the respirator after he had been in ICU for more than three weeks without improvement.

Over the course of his four-decade-long career, Herrmann appeared in television shows like The Good Wife, Oz, St. Elsewhere and won the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his work on The Practice in 1999. He also had a substantial career in film, starring in Richie Rich, The Aviator and Nixon.

He was perhaps most beloved for his role as the Gilmore family patriarch on Gilmore Girls, which aired on the WB from 2000-2007. "Richard Gilmore was a treat," he told the A.V. Club in 2012 of his experience. "And I fell deeply in love with Alexis [Bledel]. She had been a model, but this was her first real role, and it was for a one-camera hour show, the toughest thing you can do...[S]he's brilliant. And she's so sweet, such a kind person. She's terrific."

Herrmann leaves behind a wife, Star Benson, whom he married in 1992, and three children.

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