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Legend George A. Romero, Dead at 77

George A. Romero died early Sunday after a short battle with lung cancer. The legendary director passed away in his sleep while listening to the score of the 1952 film The Quiet Man, one of Romero’s favorite films. According to a statement released to the Los Angeles Times and various media outlets, Romero’s wife, Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and his daughter, Tina were by his side.

“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 was the creator of the modern zombie movie genre and with a budget of only $114,000, he started with his first film and cult classic Night of the Living Dead in 1968. This eventually lead to the “Living Dead” franchise.

He went on to direct a number of films throughout his career including The Crazies, Season of the Witch, Monkey Shines, and Creepshow,  which was written by Stephen King.

George A. Romero is survived by his wife and two children.

We here at Fan Fest News are truly saddened by the loss of this amazing filmmaker and send our deepest sympathies and condolences to his family and friends.

Rest in eternal peace George, You will be truly missed.