George Romero passed away today at the age of 77 from a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer.” I was shocked and saddened to read those words. Romero is one of my movie heroes.
Most of you know that Romero co-wrote (with John Russo) and directed Night of the Living Dead, the movie that redefined zombies and created a horror sub-genre. Romero always did things his way and followed NOTLD with several other “…of the Dead” zombie films. He was currently working to get financing for Road of the Dead, which was set to become the next feature in his zombie franchise.
Although Mr. Romero was a bit older, I was truly surprised by his passing. Just last weekend I listened to Jonathon Maberry talking about the joy of working with George Romero on Nights of the Living Dead: An Anthology. I couldn’t wait to order my copy. Now I want to get it in my mitts even more. I have a post scheduled to go live in a couple of days about Mr. Romero working on financing for Road of the Dead. There was no hint that he’d been ill.
Romero died peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by his family while the score of one his favorite films, 1952’s “The Quiet Man,” played in the background. I can’t think of a much nicer way to go. Thanks to George Romero for not only all of the movies he created but also for those his work inspired.
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and fans.
Source: Los Angeles Times.