Another crippling blow has been dealt to the horror community as Scott Wilson, who played Hershel Greene on "The Walking Dead", has passed away at the age of 76 due to complications with leukemia.
AMC released the following statement regarding his death, “Scott will always be remembered as a great actor and we all feel fortunate to have known him as an even better person. The character he embodied on ‘The Walking Dead,’ Hershel, lived at the emotional core of the show. 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 was no stranger to the horror genre before "The Walking Dead", starring in Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, The Exorcist III, The Ninth Configuration, Dead Man Walking and Monster. He also made appearances in “The Twilight Zone” (ep. “Quarantine”) and “The X-Files” (ep. “Orison”).
THR reported that at New York Comic-Con 2018, "Walking Dead" showrunner Angela Kang announced that Wilson would reprise his role as Hershel in season nine, which premieres tonight, though she offered no word on the timing of his appearance or how many episodes in which he was slated to appear. However, sources have confirmed that Wilson had filmed some scenes. The announcement was made a little more than an hour before news of Wilson's passing spread on social media.
We send our deepest condolences to his friends and family.