George Romero Dies at 77

George Romero died on Sunday at the age of 77, Variety reports.

The legendary director, who is the father of zombie movies, passed away following a battle with lung cancer.

"Legendary filmmaker George A. Romero passed away on Sunday July 16, listening to the score of 'The Quiet Man,' one of his all-time favorite films, with his wife, Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and daughter, Tina Romero at his side," Romero's manager Chris Roe said in a statement. "He died peacefully in his sleep, following a brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer, and leaves behind a loving family, many friends, and a filmmaking legacy that has endured, and will continue to endure, the test of time."

Romero is best known for Night of the Living Dead, a movie which practically invented the modern zombie genre when it debuted in 1968. During his career, Romero made several follow-ups to Night of the Living Dead, including Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead among others.

Although Romero worked almost exclusively in film, his impact can still be felt in today's television landscape. One has to look no further than AMC's hit series The Walking Dead to see Romero's influence on the medium.

He also executive-produced Tales from the Dark Side, a horror anthology series which ran for four seasons in the '80s.

This article originally appears on TV Guide.com.

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Jul 17, 2017
The original version of Night of the Living Dead is by far one of the greatest horror movies ever made. I have seen the movie many times and it is just as scary and suspenseful as it was the first time I saw it. George Romero did not just make a classic movie he created a whole genre. RIP George.
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As sad as I am for his passing I'm grateful it could be in the company of his loved ones. May you find peace and your legacy endure for all time, good sir. Rest well.
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Jul 17, 2017
Martin Landau, star of Space:1999 and Mission Impossible and numerous films, passed away on Saturday. Very sad weekend :(
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Jul 17, 2017
Farewell to a horror icon.
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Jul 16, 2017
George A Romero pioneered the zombie horror entertainment even as he made social commentary in some. I understand he was even trying to develop a new zombie movie this year. He lived a good life...and will be missed by all horror fans,
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Jul 16, 2017
RIP Horror legend. You've made my life much richer and interesting through your work. You will be missed and remembered fondly.
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