01/01/2015 05:25 GMT | Updated 01/01/2015 05:59 GMT

Edward Herrmann Dead: 'Gilmore Girls' Actor Dies In Hospital After Brain Cancer Battle, Aged 71

Edward Herrmann - best known for his role in ‘Gilmore Girls’ - has died at the age of 71.

According to TMZ, Edward died in a New York hospital on New Year’s Eve, following a battle with brain cancer.

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Edward Herrmann

It has been reported he spent his final weeks in an intensive care unit, with his family making the tough decision to take him off his respirator when his condition showed no signs of improving.

While Edward was most famous for his seven-year stint in ‘Gilmore Girls’, where he played the wealthy socialite Richard Gilmore, he more recently starred in several episodes of ‘The Good Wife’, and even won an Emmy in 1999 for his appearance in ‘The Practice’.

Actress Lauren Graham - who played Edward’s daughter for the entire run of ‘Gilmore Girls’ - has paid her respects to him on Twitter, following the sad news of his death, describing him as the “kindest, classiest, most talented man”.

Edward had three children, and is survived by his second wife, Star Hayner.

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