Creator Of “Night of the Living Dead” ZOMBIE Franchise DEAD

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Renowned creator of the “Night of the Living Dead” zombie franchise George A. Romero has died at 77.

This man all but invented the modern zombie genre and paved the way for the smash hit on FOX- “THE WALKING DEAD!”

Romero died Sunday “peacefully” while sleeping after a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer,” his manager said in a statement.

He passed away “listening to the score of The Quiet Man, one of his all-time favorite films” with his family by his side, his manager said.

Wow. That is beautiful.

His death was confirmed by his manager Chris Roe, who released the following statement on behalf of the family:

“Legendary filmmaker George A. Romero passed away on Sunday July 16, listening to the score of ‘The Quiet Man,’ one of his all-time favorite films, with his wife, Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and daughter, Tina Romero at his side. He died peacefully in his sleep, following a brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer, and leaves behind a loving family, many friends, and a filmmaking legacy that has endured, and will continue to endure, the test of time.”

Romero co-wrote and directed “Night of the Living Dead” in 1968, which went on to become a cult-classic.

The film sparked the zombie film genre and spurred five sequels as part of Romero’s “Dead” film series.

Deadline Hollywood reports that the Pittsburgh native’s low-budget, black & white film went from cult favorite to the genre’s founding document with Romero’s 1978 sequel Dawn of the Dead, 1985’s Day of the Dead (1985), Land of the Dead (2005), Diary of the Dead (2007) and finally 2009’s Survival of the Dead. He wrote the 1990 NOTLD remake, directed by Tom Savini.

As a producer, Romero delivered TV’s seminal 1980s horror anthology Tales From the Dark Side.

“Hard to quantify how much he inspired me & what he did for cinema,” tweeted Hostel director Eli Roth.

After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University in 1960, Romero started a small commercial production company before undertaking his 1968 $114,000 midnight movie groundbreaker, a film that not only set zombie genre rules that survive today with The Walking Dead, but also was hailed for its casting of African-American actor Duane Jones in a heroic role.

Other Romero directing credits include Creepshow (1982), Monkey Shines (1988), The Dark Half (1993), and Bruiser (2000).

On the producing side, Romero was the creator of the seminal 1980s TV horror anthology Tales of the Darkside.

Check this reports out courtesy of Fox News:

Romero was born in the Bronx to Cuban and Lithuanian parents. He is survived by his wife Suzanne and two children.

Well brother, thanks for the memories and rest in peace.

God Bless.

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