George Romero Night of the Living Dead

George A. Romero, the iconic filmmaker who effectively created the zombie genre with his 1968 black-and-white film classic Night of the Living Dead, has passed away at the age of 77.

In a statement provided to the Los Angeles Times, Romero’s longtime production partner Peter Grunwald said that Romero died following a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer.” According to his family, Romero died while listening to the soundtrack of one of his favorite films, The Quiet Man, with his wife, Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and daughter, Tina Romero, by his side.

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