Lauren Graham Writes Touching Tribute To ‘Gilmore Girls’ Co-Star Edward Herrmann

Lauren Graham penned a touching tribute to Gilmore Girls co-star Edward Herrmann, who passed away this week after a battle with brain cancer.

Graham — who played Herrmann’s daughter, Lorelai Gilmore, on the popular CW show — was among a handful of the show’s stars to remember Herrmann, who died at age 71.

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

Though Gilmore Girls went off the air in 2007, the co-stars remained close. In his final days, Herrmann was even able to visit with Kelly Bishop, who played his wife, Emily Gilmore, on the show.

“We, the ‘Gilmore Girls’ family, are so terribly sad and somewhat stunned,” Bishop said in a statement to TVLine. “We only learned about his illness a week or so ago. I got a call from [Edward’s wife] Star Monday night asking if I wanted to come to the hospital to say good-bye. I went yesterday and was able to give Ed love from Lauren [Graham], Alexis [Bledel] and Amy [Sherman-Palladino]… I have so many fond memories of our time together on ‘Gilmore Girls’ and since, mainly via email. I think everyone who knew or worked with Ed found him to be absolutely delightful… Everything looks a little dim, as if the lights went down.”

Gilmore Girls recently found new life after being picked up by Netflix in October. Lauren Graham said she would even consider a movie reunion, if the story was right.

“I appreciate how many have asked,” she wrote in a Reddit AMA session. “That character was so special – I wonder what happens to her too! Yes, IF a movie version could be as good as we’d all want it to be, I’d love to play that character again.”

Edward Herrmann was not the only Gilmore Girls star who remained close with Lauren Graham. The actress noted that she recently had lunch with creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, sparking even more rumors of a reunion.

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