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Legendary TV actor Ed Asner has died aged 91.

Best known for playing the role of Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Asner passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday morning. 

His family tweeted from his account: ‘We are sorry to say that our beloved patriarch passed away this morning peacefully. Words cannot express the sadness we feel. With a kiss on your head – Goodnight dad. We love you.’

The cause of death is not yet clear. 

Ed Asner dies at 91: TV star known for playing Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show 'passes away peacefully' surrounded by his family (Pictured last January, 2020)

Ed Asner dies at 91: TV star known for playing Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show 'passes away peacefully' surrounded by his family (Pictured last January, 2020)

Ed Asner dies at 91: TV star known for playing Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show ‘passes away peacefully’ surrounded by his family (Pictured last January, 2020) 

Born Yitzhak Edward Asner in 1929 in Kansas City, Missouri, the late star is the most decorated male performer in the history of the Emmys, with a total of seven wins, five of which were for his role as Lou Grant. 

A former president of the Screen Actors Guild, Asner was a much-loved and well-respected member of the Hollywood community. 

His character in The Mary Tyler Moore Show proved so popular that he ended up having his own spin-off show, Lou Grant, which was a drama. 

He is the only actor to win an Emmy for playing the same character in a comedy and a drama. 

Make em laugh: His character in The Mary Tyler Moore Show proved so popular that he ended up having his own spin-off show, Lou Grant, which was a drama (seen in 1975)

Make em laugh: His character in The Mary Tyler Moore Show proved so popular that he ended up having his own spin-off show, Lou Grant, which was a drama (seen in 1975)

Make em laugh: His character in The Mary Tyler Moore Show proved so popular that he ended up having his own spin-off show, Lou Grant, which was a drama (seen in 1975)

Beloved: In more recent years, Asner played roles in Christmas classic Elf alongside Will Ferrell - and was also the lead voice in the Pixar movie Up

Beloved: In more recent years, Asner played roles in Christmas classic Elf alongside Will Ferrell - and was also the lead voice in the Pixar movie Up

Beloved: In more recent years, Asner played roles in Christmas classic Elf alongside Will Ferrell – and was also the lead voice in the Pixar movie Up

In more recent years, Asner played roles in Christmas classic Elf alongside Will Ferrell – and was also the lead voice in the Pixar movie Up.  

Source: dailymail

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