George A. Romero has died, aged 77.
The legendary director, creator of the famed Night of the Living Dead franchise, passed away following a brief, but aggressive, battle with lung cancer.
His longtime producing partner Peter Grunwald released a statement to the LA Times in which he confirmed that Romero died with his wife and daughter at his side, while listening to the score from the 1952 movie The Quiet Man, one of his favourite films.
He co-wrote and directed Night of the Living Dead in 1968, a movie that started an entire horror movie genre, and he only enhanced his legend with Dawn of the Dead in 1978 and Day of the Dead in 1985. Further entries in the series came in 2005 with Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead two years later, and finally Survival of the Dead in 2009.
His son G. Cameron is currently working on Origins, a prequel story in the series.