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George A. Romero, father of the zombie film, is dead at 77

Associated Press logo Associated Press 7/17/2017 By JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer
FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 21, 2008 file photo, director and writer George Romero poses for a photograph while talking about his film "Diary of the Dead' at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. George Romero, whose classic "Night of the Living Dead" and other horror films turned zombie movies into social commentaries and who saw his flesh-devouring undead spawn countless imitators, remakes and homages, has died. He was 77. Romero died Sunday, July 16, 2017 following a battle with lung cancer. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 21, 2008 file photo, director and writer George Romero poses for a photograph while talking about his film "Diary of the Dead' at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. George Romero, whose classic "Night of the Living Dead" and other horror films turned zombie movies into social commentaries and who saw his flesh-devouring undead spawn countless imitators, remakes and homages, has died. He was 77. Romero died Sunday, July 16, 2017 following a battle with lung cancer. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — George Romero, whose classic "Night of the Living Dead" and other horror films turned zombie movies into social commentaries and who saw his flesh-devouring undead spawn countless imitators, remakes and homages, has died. He was 77.

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2009, file photo, director George Romero poses with some fans dressed as zombies after accepting a special award during the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. Romero, whose classic "Night of the Living Dead" and other horror films turned zombie movies into social commentaries and who saw his flesh-devouring undead spawn countless imitators, remakes and homages, has died. He was 77. Romero died Sunday, July 16, 2017, following a battle with lung cancer, said his family in a statement provided by his manager Chris Roe. (Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press via AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2009, file photo, director George Romero poses with some fans dressed as zombies after accepting a special award during the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. Romero, whose classic "Night of the Living Dead" and other horror films turned zombie movies into social commentaries and who saw his flesh-devouring undead spawn countless imitators, remakes and homages, has died. He was 77. Romero died Sunday, July 16, 2017, following a battle with lung cancer, said his family in a statement provided by his manager Chris Roe. (Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Romero died Sunday following a battle with lung cancer, said his family in a statement provided by his manager Chris Roe. Romero's family said he died while listening to the score of "The Quiet Man," one of his favorite films, with his wife, Suzanne Desrocher, and daughter, Tina Romero, by this side.

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2015, file photo, horror film director George Romero, who directed "The Night of The Living Dead" waves a Terrible Towel before an NFL football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens in Pittsburgh. It was the anniversary of the film that was made in the Pittsburgh area. Romero, whose classic "Night of the Living Dead" and other horror films turned zombie movies into social commentaries and who saw his flesh-devouring undead spawn countless imitators, remakes and homages, has died. He was 77. Romero died Sunday, July 16, 2017, following a battle with lung cancer, said his family in a statement provided by his manager Chris Roe. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2015, file photo, horror film director George Romero, who directed "The Night of The Living Dead" waves a Terrible Towel before an NFL football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens in Pittsburgh. It was the anniversary of the film that was made in the Pittsburgh area. Romero, whose classic "Night of the Living Dead" and other horror films turned zombie movies into social commentaries and who saw his flesh-devouring undead spawn countless imitators, remakes and homages, has died. He was 77. Romero died Sunday, July 16, 2017, following a battle with lung cancer, said his family in a statement provided by his manager Chris Roe. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Romero is credited with reinventing the movie zombie with his directorial debut, the 1968 cult classic, "Night of the Living Dead." The movie set the rules imitators lived by.

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2009, file photo, director George Romero arrives for the screening of the film "Survival Of The Dead" at the 66th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy. Romero, whose classic "Night of the Living Dead" and other horror films turned zombie movies into social commentaries and who saw his flesh-devouring undead spawn countless imitators, remakes and homages, has died. He was 77. Romero died Sunday, July 16, 2017, following a battle with lung cancer, said his family in a statement provided by his manager Chris Roe. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2009, file photo, director George Romero arrives for the screening of the film "Survival Of The Dead" at the 66th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy. Romero, whose classic "Night of the Living Dead" and other horror films turned zombie movies into social commentaries and who saw his flesh-devouring undead spawn countless imitators, remakes and homages, has died. He was 77. Romero died Sunday, July 16, 2017, following a battle with lung cancer, said his family in a statement provided by his manager Chris Roe. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)
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