Dammit. Sadly, George A. Romero has passed aways after a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer,” according to a statement to The Times provided by his longtime producing partner, Peter Grunwald. Romero died in his sleep while listening to the score of one his favorite films, 1952’s The Quiet Man, with his wife, Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and daughter, Tina Romero, at his side.
Romero was the ather of the modern movie zombie as the co-writer, along with John A. Russo, and director of the 1968 movie Night of the Living Dead. The film was followed by Romero’s sequels such Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead and George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead. Romero’s other credits include films such as The Crazies, Creepshow and Monkey Shines.
Romero told NPR in 2014 about the unexpected popularity of zombies:
“I never expected it. I really didn’t. All I did was I took them out of ‘exotica’ and I made them the neighbors. I thought there’s nothing scarier than the neighbors.”
Romero is survived by his wife Suzanne and two children. He was 77.