George A. Romero, the man credited with creating the modern day zombie with movies like Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, has passed away aged 77. Romero died Sunday, losing a brief but brave battle with lung cancer.
Over a career that spanned half a century, Romero produced, wrote, and directed some of the Horror genre’s most iconic pictures, earning a reputation as a true master of nightmares. His standing in the horror industry is evidenced by the number of quality filmmakers who have named him as a key influence throughout their careers. Similarly, that level of reverence was there for all to see on social media today, with many of Hollywood and Horror’s biggest names taking to Twitter to pay their respects.
George Romero was a great director, the father of modern horror movies. He was my friend and I will miss him. Rest in peace, George.
— John Carpenter (@TheHorrorMaster) July 16, 2017
Romero has passed away. Hard to find words right now. The loss is so enormous.
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) July 16, 2017
Goodbye George A Romero. We laughed through 50 years and 9 films. I will miss him. There is a light that has gone out and can’t be replaced. pic.twitter.com/N0MAC1ItVM
— Tom Savini (@THETomSavini) July 16, 2017
I just wrote this on Facebook concerning the passing of George Romero, but I thought I’d share it here as well. 💔 pic.twitter.com/r1qKM6GSka
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) 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
George A. Romero is survived by his wife and three children.
From everyone at The Signal and Comet TV: Thanks for the scares, George, we’ll never forget them.