Date: 17th July 2017
The American-born filmmaker George A Romero, who created the genre-defining Living Dead movie franchise, has died at the age of 77, his manager has said.
Romero died in his sleep on Sunday with his wife and daughter at his side, after a "brief but aggressive battle" with lung cancer, Chris Roe said.
Romero co-wrote and directed the film that started the zombie series Night of the Living Dead in 1968.
At the time of its release, Night of the Living Dead was criticised for being gory but it went on to be a cult classic and shape horror and zombie films for decades.
While it did not use the word zombies, it was the first film to depict cannibalistic reanimated corpses.
Despite having a budget of just $114,000, the film made $30m at the box office and was followed by five sequels and two remakes.
Source: Press Release