Romero, Night of the Living Dead director, has died aged 77

Romero writer and director behind the cult-classic horror flick

Romero's family confirmed his passing Sunday via a statement by his manager, Chris Roe. This icon has been battling lung cancer and has finally gone home. In a statement released to the LA Times, Romero's family said that he passed away in his sleep after a "brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer". Romero later co-directed the film Two Evil Eyes with Italian horror icon Dario Argento.

Born George Andrew Romero in the Bronx, New York City on February 4, 1940 to a Cuban father and a Lithuania American mother, Romero launched his filmmaking career in the early 1960s, shortly after graduation from the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University. You can see some of those below. He was 77 years old.

In 1978, he went back to the Zombie theme with the movie "Dawn of the Dead", which grossed more than $55 million. He is survived by wife Suzanne Desrocher Romero, daughter Tina Romero, and son Andrew Romero.

Romero embraced the horror and zombie genres throughout his legendary career and he eventually put out three more films in the "dead" franchise including "Land of the Dead", "Diary of the Dead" and "Survival of the Dead".

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Shortly after, Romero and several friends formed Image Ten Productions, which helped produce and create his iconic feature debut, Night of the Living Dead.

Romero's other films broadened his view of the genre, including Season of the Witch (1973), sometimes marketed as Hungry Wives, which was less of a horror film than it was an exploration of the occult.

Dubbed the father of the zombie-movie genre, the filmmaker struck it big with his iconic black and white 1968 cult classic, Night of the Living Dead. "George, there will never be another like you", wrote Stephen King. A report from Entertainment Tonight has further shared that his first film centered on a group of people who were trapped inside the farm house.

Asked if zombies have an "expiration date", Romero replied: "I hope that my guys don't have an expiration date".

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