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posted by martyb on Monday July 17, @06:51AM   Printer-friendly
from the may-you-rest-in-peace...-free-of-zombies dept.

George A. Romero, Father of the Zombie Film, Dies at 77

George A. Romero, the legendary writer-director from Pittsburgh who made the 1968 cult classic Night of the Living Dead for $114,000, thus spawning an unrelenting parade of zombie movies and TV shows, has died. He was 77.

Romero, who put out five other zombie movies after a copyright blunder cost him millions of dollars in profits on his wildly popular first one, died Sunday in his sleep after a battle with lung cancer, his producing partner, Peter Grunwald, told the Los Angeles Times, which first reported the news. Romero's family confirmed his death to the newspaper as well.

Romero's manager Chris Roe posted on Facebook that the director died while "listening to the score of The Quiet Man, one of his all-time favorite films, with his wife, Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and daughter, Tina Romero, at his side. He died peacefully in his sleep, following a brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer, and leaves behind a loving family, many friends and a filmmaking legacy that has endured, and will continue to endure, the test of time."

Also at Variety.


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  • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 17, @06:52AM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 17, @06:52AM (#540201)

    Good. He saved us the trouble of deporting him.

    Build A Wall.

    • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 17, @09:12AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 17, @09:12AM (#540232)

      Build a wall around The Bronx?

      That'll make it a pain to get to Yankees games

    • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 17, @06:09PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 17, @06:09PM (#540439)

      If ever i wanted to dig up a disgusting AC, rub his face in zombie puke, and then have to knock his head off with a cricket bat, this is that time. This is why we cannot have white supremacy! No culture! Not even kitsch culture! White people lack, wait for it, . . . brains!

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 18, @01:53AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 18, @01:53AM (#540690)

        Human brain cells can be grown in the lab, thanks to OPTi-OX [soylentnews.org] platform technology!

  • (Score: 3, Funny) by looorg on Monday July 17, @10:34AM

    by looorg (578) on Monday July 17, @10:34AM (#540246)

    They are leaving out the important part, did he rise again after a few minutes craving brains or did they put a slug in his skull before that?!

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 17, @01:51PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 17, @01:51PM (#540297)

    He is currently seeking funding for his next movie, which will begin filming soon after an army tanker crashes into the cemetery.

    • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Monday July 17, @09:31PM

      by Gaaark (41) Subscriber Badge on Monday July 17, @09:31PM (#540577) Homepage Journal

      Errrm, no. He is currently beginning to rot.

      --
      --- I wish i had a cig for every sig i've ever had: i'd have cancer and wouldn't you feel bad for looking here. ---
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