Newswire: R.I.P. George A. Romero

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According to The Los Angeles Times (via The Hollywood Reporter), iconic writer-director George A. Romero—director of Night Of The Living Dead and the man who effectively created the modern zombie genre—has died. Romero’s family confirmed to The L.A. Times that he died in his sleep after a “brief but aggressive” battle with lung cancer. He was 77.

Romero was born in The Bronx in 1940, but attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and spent a significant chunk of his life in the city. After college, he took on minor director jobs for commercials and short films, but he teamed up with a group of nine friends in the late-’60s to form a production company called Image Ten that managed to raise money for a horror movie that Romero and co-writer John Russo had been developing. Originally titled Night Of The Flesh Eaters, Romero admitted that …