We’ve lost a major horror icon, a filmmaker whose contributions to our genre can never be underestimated. We’re getting the devastating news that George A. Romero, the Godfather of the Modern Zombie, has passed away following a battle with lung cancer. He was 77-years-old. Romero shot to prominence following Night of the Living Dead in 1968, and also produced the seminal classics Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Land of the Dead, and the more recent Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead.
Romero died Sunday in his sleep while listening to the score of one of his favorite films, The Quiet Man, with his wife Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and dauther, Tina Romero, the Times reported.
Obviously, this one will take a while to get over. You can expect more thorough retrospectives of Romero’s life and career in the coming days and weeks. One thing is certain, we lost a bright star today, and things will never be the same.
All of us here at HFN send our sincerest condolences to Romero’s fans, friends, and family. He was one in a billion and we’ll never forget him.