Legendary director George Romero has passed away at the age of 77.
According to a statement from his manager Chris Roe, the legendary horror director died in his sleep following a ‘brief but aggressive’ battle with lung cancer.
“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,” the statement said. “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.”
George Romero Cause Of Death
Romeo passed away at the age of 77 due to lung cancer.
About George Romero
George Andrew Romero was an American-Canadian filmmaker, writer and editor, best known for his series of gruesome and satirical horror films about an imagined zombie apocalypse, beginning in 1968 with Night of the Living Dead, which is often considered a progenitor of the fictional zombie of modern culture. Other notable films in the series include Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Day of the Dead (1985).
In addition to the Living Dead series, his works include The Crazies (1973), Martin (1978), Creepshow (1982), Monkey Shines (1988) and The Dark Half (1993).
Romero is often noted as an influential pioneer of the horror film genre and has been called an “icon” and the “Father of the Zombie Film. Filmed in Pittsburgh on a budget of $114,000, Romero’s Night of the Living Dead made $30 million on its way to becoming a cult classic.
Among his other films from the 1980s and 1990s were “Monkey Shines,” Edgar Allen Poe adaptation “Two Evil Eyes,” in collaboration with Dario Argento, “The Dark Half’ and “Bruiser.”
He exec produced and updated his own screenplay for Tom Savini’s 1990 remake of “Night of the Living Dead.” He made a cameo appearance in “The Silence of the Lambs.” Romero was originally set to direct “Resident Evil,” but left the project due to creative differences.
His fourth Dead movie “Land of the Dead” was made in Toronto in 2005, starring Simon Baker, Dennis Hopper, Asia Argento and John Leguizamo. He followed that with “Diary of the Dead” in 2008 and “Survival of the Dead” in 2010. He also worked on video games and wrote comic books.
Romero was born in the Bronx, New York, to a Cuban father and a Lithuanian mother. He eventually graduated Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
Romero is survived by his wife Suzanne and three children.