George A Romero has died
George A. Romero has died.The legendary horror movie writer-and-director - who was best known as creator of zombie film 'Night of the Living Dead' and a string of sequels - passed away on Sunday (07.16.17) at the age of 77 following a "brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer", his producing partner Peter Grunwald told the Los Angeles Times newspaper in a statement.George passed away in his sleep while listening to the score of one of his favourite films, 1952's 'The Quiet Man', with his wife Suzanne Desrocher and daughter Tina Romero by his side.Following the news of his passing, a number of stars and fellow directors have paid tribute to the 'Martin' filmmaker.'Cabin Fever' director Eli Roth hailed George as a huge inspiration to him.He wrote in a series of tweets: "Hard to quantify how much he inspired me and what he did for cinema ..."Romero used genre to confront racism 50 years ago. He always had diverse casts, with Duane Jones as the heroic star of NOTLD. Very few others in cinema were taking such risks. He was both ahead of his time and exactly what cinema needed at that time."You can trace a direct line from NOTLD to Get Out. And ... Romero created the modern zombie. The infectious bite. Shoot the head. Everything."Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro praised George's work on "singlehandedly" pioneering zombie horror.He told Rolling Stone magazine: "George created an entire subgenre in cinema.