George Romero passes away at 77

Modern horror master, George Romero, considered father of the zombie genre, passes away at 77 years old.

Romero, most known for Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and several other films in the “Dead” series, a precursor for and often mentioned as an influence for The Walking Dead, passed away from cancer.
George Romero had some work in comic books, he wrote the 2004 series Toe Tags. The first comic based on a Romero work was Night of the living Dead Prelude in 1991. A comic adaptation of Night of the Living Dead came out from Fantacto in shortly after in 1991. The frist series was followed by Night of the Living Dead Aftermath, Night of the Living Dead London, Night of the Living Dead New York The series continued on in Night of the Living Dead Volume 2. Avatar picked up the series years later. Romero’s Empire of the Dead was recently optioned for a media deal.
From LA Times:

Romero died Sunday in his sleep after a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer,” according to a family statement to The Times provided by his longtime producing partner, Peter Grunwald. He was 77.
Romero died while listening to the score of one his favorite films, 1952’s “The Quiet Man,” with his wife, Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and daughter, Tina Romero, at his side, the family said.

9 thoughts on “George Romero passes away at 77”

  1. Wow, I’m really sad!
    I remember the first time I ever watched Dawn of the Dead (VHS early 80’s) and that movie really altered how I look at horror movies. I literally wore out 2 VHS copies of that movie from watching it over and over. I remember going to comic cons and getting bootlegs of Japanese laserdiscs and European copies that had a ton of footage that the US versions didn’t have.
    I was just watching the documentary on the making of this movie from the Definitive Dawn of the Dead DVD set last week. Amazing how they shot these movies on a shoe string budget and guerrilla style.
    If you think about the people that got their starts with him (Tom Savini, Greg Nicotero, et al), he truly impacted a ton of folks.
    Thanks for scaring the crap out me George and for all your stories! R.I.P

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