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Hollywood mourns the death of horror icon George A. Romero

17 July 2017, 01:48 | Justin Tyler

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Night Of The Living Dead creator George Romero has died aged 77.

Entertainment Tonight reports that Romero died in his sleep as a result of lung cancer on Sunday, July 16, 2017. He passed away alongside surviving family members, while the score to one of his favorite movies, The Quiet Man, played.

The director died in his sleep following a battle with lung cancer, according to a statement provided to the LA Times, from Romero's producing partner Peter Grunwald.

"Night of the Living Dead" is the film that made Romero a household name.

Following the sad news, tributes from Romero's peers have poured in from across the web. When asked about his fascination with zombies, Romero told NPR "In my work, [it's] usually the humans that are the worst".

He also directed other horror classics like 1973's The Crazies, 1978's Martin and 1982's Creep Show. He would eventually return to the genre several more times, with Day of the Dead (1985), Land of the Dead (2005), Diary of the Dead (2007), and Survival of the Dead (2009). Romero used suspense and expert storytelling to compel the audience, a style emulated in the breakout horror films of the past few years. "George, there will never be another like you", Stephen King added.

The film, which was made for about $100,000, sparked the zombie film genre and spurred five sequels as part of Romero's "Dead" film series.

In 1999, the Library of Congress inducted "Night of the Living Dead" into the National Registry of Films.

George Romero was even featured as a boss in Call of Duty: Black Ops' Call of the Dead DLC map which sees a film set for a zombie movie get overrun by actual zombies.

Born in New York City, on 4 February 1940, Romero worked on various films before finding his calling in zombie films.

Mr Romero's movies were about much more than just shuffling zombies: they took on racism, mall culture, class divides and militarism.

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