Legendary horror director George A. Romero has died at 77.

The filmmaker reportedly passed away Sunday in his sleep following a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer.”

Although he was born in the Bronx, New York...but was a true Pittsburgher!  After graduating from Carnegie Mellon, Romero used a lot of locations around the Pittsburgh for several of his films.

Romero is best known for creating the modern zombie genre with the 1968 movie Night of the Living Dead, which he co-wrote and directed.

Romero also directed the movies Dawn of the Dead, Creepshow, The Dark Half and, most recently, Survival of the Dead (2009). 

(LA Times)

According to his manager, Chris Roe, the father of zombie films slipped away peacefully listening to the score of “The Quiet Man” with his wife Suzanne Desrocher, and his daughter, Tina Romero, by his side. 

Romero is best known for classics like “Night of the Living Dead” – which allegedly reinvented the movie zombie by giving them rules – they move slow, lust for human flesh, and can only be killed if they’re shot in the head. If they bite a human, the person dies and returns as a zombie. But his zombies were metaphors for conformity, racism, mall culture, militarism, class differences and other social ills. 

Stephen King, Guillermo del Toro, and others weighed in on George’s death. In addition to his wife and daughter, he also leaves behind two sons – Andrew and Cam, whose mother is Christine Romero. 

Source: Los Angeles Times