Legendary filmmaker George A. Romero, famous for directing zombie flick 'Night of the Living Dead', has died aged 77.
The US-born director died following a "brief, but aggressive battle with lung cancer", according to his manager Chris Roe.
In a statement he said: "Romero 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 credited with founding the zombie-movie genre after directing Night of the Living Dead with a budget of less than $150,000 (£114,486).
The film went on to spawn a well-established franchise, which include 1978s Dawn of the Living Dead and Day of the Living Dead in 1985.