Romero, Night of the Living Dead director, has died aged 77

Danny Woods
July 17, 2017

The groundbreaking director and godfather of the modern zombie film, George A. Romero, passed away on July 16, 2017, at the age of 77. His producing partner Peter Grunwald tells the Los Angeles Times newspaper Romero died on Sunday (16Jul17) with his wife Suzanne Desrocher Romero and daughter Tina Romero by his side.

After a brief and "aggressive" battle with lung cancer, Romero died in his sleep, Roe said in a statement posted on Facebook. This grew boring, so Romero and his friend John Russo began working on a script for the film that would eventually become Night of the Living Dead (1968).

Romero also notably directed 1978's Dawn Of The Dead - which earned more than $40 million at the box office - and 1985's Day of The Dead in the Living Dead franchise.

Romero is survived by his wife Suzanne, and his three children. Romero wrote and directed the seminal zombie film and even appeared in it as a reporter.

Asked if zombies have an "expiration date", Romero replied: "I hope that my guys don't have an expiration date".

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He was actually in the middle of writing another sequel entitled "George A. Romero Presents: Road of the Dead" which he described as "The Fast and the Furious with zombies". Night of the Living Dead is often regarded as a criticism of capitalism.

Romero, who was born in the Bronx borough of NY, was drawn to telling stories about monsters that are familiar to the people they terrorize, said his business partner, Peter Grunwald.

In 2014, Romero crossed over to comic books with the series "Empire of the Dead", which was released by Marvel with hopes of adapting the series for television as well.

Like all great horror directors, Romero understood that the monsters weren't ultimately the scariest thing in the film. Check out some of the most heartfelt reactions below, which include tributes from author Stephen King and Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn.

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