The actor best known for playing Richard Gilmore died in New York on Wednesday after battling brain cancer

By K.c. Blumm
December 31, 2014 03:35 PM
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Edward Herrmann, who was best known for playing Lorelei’s father on Gilmore Girls, died on Wednesday at the age of 71.

“Edward Herrmann, besides being an accomplished actor, he was also a true gentleman and a scholar, as well as being an incredibly kind and decent man. He will be sorely missed,” Herrmann’s manager, Robbie Kass, wrote in an email to HuffPost Entertainment.

The actor had been battling brain cancer and died in a New York hospital intensive care unit after his family decided to take him off the respirator, TMZ reports.

The Emmy award-winning actor, who also appeared in The Lost Boys, Grey’s Anatomy and The Good Wife, was married twice and leaves behind a wife, Star, two daughters and a stepson.

Earlier this month, the actor filed legal papers in New York City, suing his Manhattan-based accounting firm for $14.5 million, claiming negligence and malpractice.

According to the New York Daily News, Herrman and his wife learned that they could owe $1.25 million in taxes, penalties and interest because of “massive errors” in returns filed by his accountants.

Lauren Graham, who played Herrmann’s daughter on Gilmore Girls, took to Twitter to pay tribute to her TV dad.

“My friend Ed Herrmann was the kindest, classiest, most talented man,” she wrote. “It was an honor and a joy to know him, a devastating blow to lose him.”

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