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Beloved Actor Edward Herrmann Passes Away at Age 71

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir organization wishes to offer its sincere condolences to the family of award-winning actor Edward Herrmann, who lost his battle with brain cancer at the age of 71. He died Wednesday, December 31 at New York Hospital where he was being treated for a stage 4 Glioblastoma brain tumor. His manager Robbie Kass said, “Besides being an accomplished actor, Ed was also a true gentleman and a scholar, as well as being an incredibly kind and decent man…he will be sorely missed.”

Herrmann joined the Mormon Tabernacle Choir as guest narrator for their Christmas concert in 2008, where he told the emotional story behind the writing of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s famous Christmas carol lyrics for “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.” During the production, he also lent his distinct voice to the reading of the New Testament Christmas story from the book of Luke.

In a video from last Christmas, Hermann spoke about performing with the Choir, saying, “I loved every minute of it.” When the Choir launched its YouTube channel in 2012, Herrmann made a warm welcome video and said, “I send my profound good wishes and my love to all my friends in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, with whom I have performed and had the most wonderful time.”

Herrmann had a 40-year career where he earned an EMMY® and a TONY Award. Some of his more memorable films include Nixon, Ritchie Rich, Born Yesterday and The Lost Boys, where he played the head vampire, Max. Younger audiences know him as Richard Gilmore in the T.V. series, Gilmore Girls.

For more information on Edward Herrmann's passing, see the links below:

'Gilmore Girls' Star Edward Herrmann Dead At 71—Huffington Post

'Gilmore Girls' Star Edward Herrmann Dies at 71—ABCNews

Edward Herrmann Has Died—Buzzfeed