An American-Canadian filmmaker, writer and editor, George Andrew Romero has died at age 77.
A statement by his longtime producing partner, Peter Grunwald reveals the actor died on July 16, 2017, in his sleep following a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer” while listening to the score of one of his favorite films, The Quiet Man, with his wife, Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and daughter, Tina Romero, at his side.
Romero is noted as an influential for his series of gruesome and satirical horror films about an imagined zombie apocalypse in 1968 has been called an “icon” and the “Father of the Zombie Film.”
Despite having a budget of just $114,000, the film made $30m at the box office and was followed by five sequels and two remakes.
Other notable films in the series include Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Day of the Dead (1985). Aside from the Dead series, his works include The Crazies (1973), Martin (1978), Creepshow (1982), Monkey Shines (1988) and The Dark Half (1993).
On October 27, 2009, Romero was honored with the Mastermind Award at Spike TV’s Scream 2009. The tribute was presented by longtime Romero fan Quentin Tarantino, who stated in his speech that the “A” in George A. Romero stood for “A fucking genius.”