It is with extreme sadness to report that George A. Romero has passed away at 77 years old. His death was confirmed by major media outlets earlier today.
Per the LA Times:
Romero died Sunday in his sleep 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 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, the family said.
There are creative talents and then there are masters of their craft. George A. Romero definitely fits in the master category. As creator of the Night of the Living Dead film franchise, Romero shaped – no, wrote the book on the modern zombie horror genre as we know and enjoy it. Everything, no matter what it is movie or TV series, that features zombies is indebted to the huge contributions of Mr. Romero.
As a movie fan, I can honestly say that the original Night of the Living Dead is one of the few films that absolutely terrified me when I first saw it as a kid. Despite the initial scare, Mr. Romero and his films sparked my love for horror movies as I’m sure it did for many others.
Romero did finish co-writing a new installment of the Living Dead film saga, Road of the Dead. Hopefully financing can be secured and production can commence so that fans can enjoy one last offering from the master himself.
George A. Romero, you will undoubtedly be missed.