LEGENDARY filmmaker George Romero, whose Night of the Living Dead franchise kickstarted the Zombie-horror movie genre, has died aged 77.
The cinematic hero passed away in his sleep after “a brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer”, his family has revealed.
Mr Romero is best known for bringing zombie movies to the world with his work on 1968’s “Night of the Living Dead”, which span off into five sequels over the next five decades.
He was also heralded for his contributions to equality in the horror industry, casting black actor Duane Jones as his lead in the 60s cult classic.
Mr Romero was born in the Bronx, New York in 1940 before going on to study at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
But while the zombie movie bug spread throughout film and television, Mr Romero has been known to criticise newer franchises.
In 2013 he turned down an offer to work on TV smash “The Walking Dead”.
At the time he said: “Basically it’s just a soap opera with a zombie occasionally,”