It looks like 2017 only gave us one day off before continuing the trend of Grim 2016, as we are now reporting the first death of the year. George Kosana, the actor who played Sheriff McClelland in George A. Romero’s zombie game-changer Night of the Living Dead (released in 1968), has passed away. His most iconic line in the film was: ““They’re dead. They’re all messed up.”
Bloody-Disgusting broke the news this morning:
Today we’re sad to report that Kosana has passed away at the age of 81, his death coming in the wake of a myriad of health problems including emphysema, COPD, and macular degeneration. Kosana, a regular on the horror convention scene, reprised the role of Sheriff McClelland in both Living Dead (2012) and the upcoming My Uncle John is a Zombie!, the latter of which was penned and co-directed by John Russo. He also appeared in George Romero’s 1971 film There’s Always Vanilla, as well as The Booby Hatch (1976) and Incest Death Squad (2009).
In Night of the Living Dead: There is panic throughout the nation as the dead suddenly come back to life. The film follows a group of characters who barricade themselves in an old farmhouse in an attempt to remain safe from these flesh eating monsters.
All of us here at Horror Freak News send our sincere condolences to Kosana’s fans, friends, and family. He will be missed.