His passing was confirmed by The Walking Dead's social media channels. According to TMZ, he died peacefully at home in Los Angeles due to complications from leukemia.
The Walking Dead wrote on Facebook, "Scott will be remembered as a great actor and an even better person. The character he embodied on The Walking Dead, Hershel, lived at the emotional core of the show. Our hearts go out to his wife, family, friends and to the millions of fans who loved him."
The show also posted this tweet:
News of his death comes just hours after it was confirmed that he would be returning to The Walking Dead for the show's upcoming ninth season.
We are deeply saddened to report that Scott Wilson, the incredible actor who played Hershel on #TheWalkingDead, has passed away at the age of 76. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Rest in paradise, Scott. We love you! pic.twitter.com/guNI7zSqDZ— The Walking Dead (@TheWalkingDead) October 7, 2018
He had a lengthy film career prior to The Walking Dead. He appeared in films and shows like Pearl Harbour, In Cold Blood, The Great Gatsby (1974), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Ninth Configuration, Dead Man Walking, In the Heat of the Night and more.