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The American-born filmmaker George A Romero, who created the genre-defining Living Dead movie franchise, has died at the age of 77, his family have said.
Romero died in his sleep on Sunday after a " brief but aggressive battle" with lung cancer, his manager told Variety.
Romero co-wrote and directed the film that started the zombie series - Night of the Living Dead - in 1968.
It led to a number of sequels - and a slew of imitators.
He was the father of the modern zombie. He started out as a small-time, indie director, and ended up having a massive and lasting impact on horror fiction.
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Nobody better make no stupid 'durr hurr hurr he's dead and is thus going to become a zombler' jokes. I have revoked that privilege. George Romero deserves better, damn it.
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you'd be hard-pressed to find people many more people who were more influential on horror cinema and indie cinema. RIP
and that's the waaaaaaaaaay the news goes
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Watching the original Dawn of the Dead in his honor tonight. One of my favorite movies.
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[QUOTE="Booyakasha, post: 1637143, member: 17381"]Nobody better make no stupid 'durr hurr hurr he's dead and is thus going to become a zombler' jokes. [/QUOTE]
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