(CBS NEWS) – Emmy Award-winning actor Edward Herrmann has died. He was 71.

His manager, Robbie Kass, confirmed his death to CBS News, noting, “Edward Herrmann, besides being an accomplished actor, was also a true gentleman and a scholar, as well as being an incredibly kind and decent man. He will be sorely missed.”

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TMZ was the first to report the news, revealing that Hermann had been battling cancer and was in a hospital ICU over the past month. He died Wednesday morning at a New York hospital.

Herrmann was probably best known for playing Richard Gilmore on the “Gilmore Girls,” which ran on the CW from 2006-2007.

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Herrmann won a best-actor Tony Award for George Bernard Shaw’s “Mrs. Warren’s Profession” in 1976. He was later nominated for best actor in a play in 1983 for “Plenty.” Herrmann toke home an Emmy in 1999 for a guest appearance on “The Practice.”

Born on July 21, 1943 in Washington, DC, Herrmann was a graduate of Bucknell University and started his career in theater.

He appeared in several episodes of “The Good Wife,” and also graced the small screen in “How I Met Your Mother,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” He played Franklin Roosevelt three times on television.

He had been married twice.

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