Another famous and much loved celebrity died this month, according to TMZ, Dec, 30, 2014. This time, the world mourns the passing of Edward Herrmann who died on Dec. 31, 2014, at the age of 71.
Edward Herrmann is best known for his portrayal of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1970 and years later, for his role as Richard Gilmore on “Gilmore Girls.” Edward passed away in a New York hospital. According to his family, Edward suffered from brain cancer and for the last 3.5 weeks, he was in ICU. The family made the difficult decision to take him off the respirator and allow him to leave this world.
Edward began his career in the theater in 1971. He was nominated for an Emmy with his portrayal of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1976 and 1977.
Edward guest-starred on several TV shows and films like “M*A*S*H*,” “Harry’s War,” “Annie,” “The Man With One Red Shoe,” “The Lost Boys,” and “Here Come the Munsters.” From 2000 to 2007, he starred on the “Gilmore Girls.” During that time, he did several other films, like “Double Take,” “The Emperor’s Cup,” “Wedding Daze” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Kelly Bishop played the wife of Richard Gilmore on the “Gilmore Girls.” She posted this wonderful tribute to Edward on TVLine. “We, the Gilmore Girls family, are so terribly sad and somewhat stunned. We only learned about his illness a week or so ago. I got a call from [Edward’s wife] Star Monday night asking if I wanted to come to the hospital to say good-bye. I went yesterday and was able to give Ed love from Lauren [Graham], Alexis [Bledel] and Amy [Sherman-Palladino]… I have so many fond memories of our time together on Gilmore Girls and since, mainly via email. I think everyone who knew or worked with Ed found him to be absolutely delightful… Everything looks a little dim, as if the lights went down.”
Edward’s manager, Robbie Kass said in an email, “Besides being an accomplished actor, was also a true gentleman and a scholar, as well as being an incredibly kind and decent man. He will be sorely missed.”
Edward was married twice. His first wife was his longtime girlfriend, Leigh Curran. The marriage ended in divorce 10 years later. After that, he married Star Hayner in 1992. He has two daughters, Ryan and Emma and a stepson, Rory Herrmann.
When Edward wasn’t acting, he loved restoring old classic cars. He was the host of “Automobiles” on The History Channel.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, and fans as they mourn the passing of Edward Herrmann. May he rest in peace in a place of eternal joy and happiness.
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