George A. Romero, the legendary filmmaker who terrified America with 1968 cult class Night of the Living Dead has died at the age of 77 after a battle with lung cancer, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Romero died Sunday in his sleep while listening to the score of one of his favorite film’s, The Quiet Man, with his wife Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and dauther, Tina Romero, the Times reported.
Romero had a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer,” according to a statement his longtime producing partner, Peter Grunwald, provided to the Times.
Dubbed the father of the zombie-movie genre, the filmmaker struck it big with his iconic black and white 1968 cult-classic, Night of the Living Dead. Romero was the director and co-wrote the film along with John A. Russo.
He worked on other projects, including writing the story for the 1973 film The Crazies, and directing the 1981 film, Knightriders.
The New York native had a life-long love with the city of Pittsburgh, which he moved to in 1957 to attend Carnegie Melon. He filmed Night of the Living Dead in that city on an $114,000 budget.