The Bronx-born filmmaker whose credits include the influential Night of the Living Dead (1968), Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Day of the Dead (1985) died in his sleep after a “brief but agressive battle with lung cancer.”
Following the news, a wave of tributes poured out from across Hollywood with many praising the legendary pioneer for his contributiuons to horror including author Stephen King as well as filmmakers John Carpenter (Halloween) and Zack Snyder who remade Dawn of the Dead in 2004.
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 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
RIP George Romero. He might be back.— marc maron (@marcmaron) July 17, 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
Romero followed up his Living Dead trilogy with Land of the Dead (2005), Diary of the Dead (2007) and, most recently in 2009, Survival of the Dead. The original trilogy is attributed with birthing the zombie genre inspiring numerous films to come as well as popular TV series The Walking Dead.
His other credits include arthouse vampire film Martin (1970). In 1991, he also made a brief cameo in one of the most famous scenes from Silence of the Lambs starring Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster.
As he died, Romero was listening to the score of The Quiet Man, one of his favourite films, with his wife, Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and daughter, Tina Romero.