George A Romero, director of the massively influential Living Dead movie franchise, has passed away aged 77.
Romero is credited with “creating the modern zombie” film with his seminal 1967 film Night of the Living Dead, which spawned five sequels and a slew of imitators.
His manager, Chris Roe, announced that the director passed away after a “brief but aggressive” battle with lung cancer on Sunday with his wife and daughter by his side, listening to the soundtrack of The Quiet Man, “one of his all-time favourite films”.
Since the news broke, tributes have been pouring in across social media from celebrities and fans alike. Many filmmakers have noted the exceptional influence Romero had on the zombie genre, including Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright, who penned a special blog post in memory of the director.
Romero started it. pic.twitter.com/i4dnxi8EFV— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) July 16, 2017
Sad to hear my favorite collaborator–and good old friend–George Romero has died. George, there will never be another like you.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) July 16, 2017
You can trace a direct line from NOTLD to Get Out. And…Romero created the modern zombie. The infectious bite. Shoot the head. Everything.— Eli Roth (@eliroth) July 16, 2017
A fond farewell to charming, legendary zombie king George Romero. 'Martin' is one of my favourite horrors. An honour to have met him. RIP pic.twitter.com/8ZIwjxFrmx— Mark Gatiss 💙 (@Markgatiss) July 16, 2017