The team here at Daily Dead is incredibly saddened to share the news that George A. Romero, the Godfather of the Living Dead, has passed away at the age of 77.
According to a statement provided to the LA Times from Romero's producing partner, Peter Grunwald, Romero passed away after a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer." He was with his family at the time of his passing, and was listening to the score to 1952's The Quiet Man, one of his favorite films.
Romero's influence on the horror genre is both immortal and immeasurable. His 1968 film Night of the Living Dead invented the modern zombie as we know it, paving the way for countless films and shows like The Walking Dead.
His films—both the living dead ones and otherwise—always had a lot on their minds and intriguingly reflected and commented on pressing societal issues. He was a thought-provoking filmmaker who challenged his audiences and entertained them at the same time, and he will be dearly missed. Our thoughts are with his family and friends in this difficult time.
Editor's Note: It's a fact that without George A. Romero, this site wouldn't exist and I'm absolutely crushed by the news of his passing. My brief time with him over the years has had an incredible influence on me, and the team here at Daily Dead will be paying tribute to George A. Romero later this month, reflecting on his filmmaking career and our encounters with him.
Longtime friends of Romero have shared their remembrances and respects online, including makeup effects masters Tom Savini and Greg Nicotero, as well as Stephen King, with whom Romero collaborated on several projects, including one of the all-time great horror anthologies, Creepshow:
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
Goodbye George A Romero. We laughed through 50 years and 9 films. I will miss him. There is a light that has gone out and can't be replaced. pic.twitter.com/N0MAC1ItVM
— Tom Savini (@THETomSavini) July 16, 2017
The sad news keeps rolling in. There are so many things to say about this man, my friend, my mentor and my inspiration. For what he gave us all with passion and fire, his unrelenting spirit will live forever. Blessed that I was honored to present him this award late April in Pittsburgh where IT ALL FUCKING STARTED!!!! Never ending love to him and his family.