'The Walking Dead' fan-favorite actor Scott Wilson dies at 76 — and fans are heartbroken

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„The Walking Dead“ actor Scott Wilson has died at the age of 76. 

The official social media account for the comic confirmed the news Saturday evening.

„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 statement read. „Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Rest in paradise, Scott. We love you!“

TMZ reports Wilson died due to complications from leukemia.

About an hour earlier, „The Walking Dead“ showrunner Angela Kang announced Wilson along with two other former cast members will return to the series for its ninth season.

Wilson’s character, Hershel Green, was killed off the show on its fourth season in one of the series‘ most shocking moments.

Cast mates, friends, and fans started sharing fond memories they have with the actor.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Wilson completed filming his scenes.

The first full half of season nine completed filming. Executive producer Greg Nicotero recently told INSIDER he was working on the second half of season nine.

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Wilson also recently appeared on Netflix’s sci-fi series, „The OA.“ A second season of the show started production in January

„The Walking Dead“ will return to AMC Sunday at 9 p.m. 

Representatives for AMC and Wilson did not immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for comment.

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