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Christopher Rosen
June 07, 2015 AT 01:52 PM EDT

Gilmore family patriarch and acclaimed character actor Edward Herrmann was honored during Saturday night’s Gilmore Girls reunion at the ATX Festival in Austin, Texas.

“F–k you for dying,” creator Sherman-Palladino said of Herrmann, who died in December of last year. “It’s really crappy that he’s gone and we miss him so much.”

According to Sherman-Palladino, Herrmann was the first person in the cast who agreed to appear on the reunion panel.

“I’m so grateful I got to hear him say my words,” Sherman-Palladino said on Saturday night. “He was a drinking, loving, knew everything in the world… he was our Mr. President.”

“Edward Herrmann, besides being an accomplished actor, he was also a true gentleman and a scholar, as well as being an incredibly kind and decent man. He will be sorely missed,” Herrmann’s manager, Robbie Kass, said at the time of his death.

At the reunion panel, an empty chair was left on the stage in Herrmann’s honor.

For more from the Entertainment Weekly-sponsored Gilmore Girls reunion, check out EW’s full coverage of the event here.

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