Hollywood Pays Tribute to George A. Romero

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"Romero has passed away". The director [VIDEO] has died peacefully in his sleep. His longtime producer partner, Peter Grunwald, said Romero's cancer was a "brief but aggressive battle".

The film community and fans around the world are saddened by the loss of George A. Romero, best known for the Night of the Living Dead (1968) and its sequels.

Romero had a prolific writing and directing career that wasn't limited to zombies, though he remained firmly planted in the horror genre.

Romero was born in the Bronx in New York City on February 4, 1940. You can see some of those below.

George Romero didn't invent zombies, but it's fair to say he put them on the map in such a way that there would be nothing like The Walking Dead without his contributions. In a statement given to the LA Times his family revealed that George had passed away in his sleep after after a battle with lung cancer.

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Previous films had shown zombies as being living people who had been bewitched through voodoo.

In addition to the Living Dead series, his works include The Crazies (1973), Martin (1978), Creepshow (1982), Monkey Shines (1988) and The Dark Half (1993).

Like all great horror directors, Romero understood that the monsters weren't ultimately the scariest thing in the film.

The filmmaker followed up Night of the Living Dead, which tragically fell into the public domain just a few years after release due to a copyright error on the film's prints, with There's Always Vanilla, his only romantic comedy. Distinguishing Day of the Dead from the films and popular TV series that came after it, Romero added: "My film needed to be done right when it was done, because that sort of shopping mall was completely new".

Romero also wrote comic books and was involved with producing video games. He is survived by his wife and daughter. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and most of his films are set in/around the Pittsburgh area.