Legendary filmmaker George Romero has passed away at the age of 77. Romero is the man who basically launched the zombie film genre with his 1968 film, Night of the Living Dead. According to reports, the filmmaker died in his sleep following a battle with lung cancer.
His manager, Chris Roe, said in a statement that "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."
I'm a huge fan of the zombie genre and that's all because of Night of the Living Dead. I have fond memories of watching Night of the Living Dead when I was growing up on Halloween night with my mom and dad.
The zombie genre would never have been what it is today without Romero. His films inspired everything that we are seeing today when it comes to zombies and other forms of horror. I love a lot of the films that he's made including Season of the Witch, The Crazies, Dawn of the Dead, Knightriders, Creepshow, Day of the Dead, Monkey Shines, and The Dark Half.
He was certainly a unique individual and there will never be another person like him. He is survived by his wife Suzanne and two children. He also left behind a legacy of films that fans can enjoy for years to come.
Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends.