George A. Romero, the iconic filmmaker best known for the Night of the Living Dead zombie franchise, has passed away at 77.
Romero passed on Sunday after a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer,” according to the Los Angeles Times. The site also shared that he died while listening to the score of ’50s film The Quiet Man as his wife, Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and daughter, Tina, looked on.
Often referenced as the father of the zombie horror genre, Romero paved the way for modern zombie shows and films like The Walking Dead, I Am Legend, and Z Nation.
His last contribution was as a writer for Hèctor Hernández Vicens’ Day of the Dead,
His last project, George A. Romero Presents: Road of the Dead, was announced in May and described as a “story set on an island where zombie prisoners race cars in an arena for the sole purpose of entertaining the rich.”
It’s unclear now if that production will ever come to light, but to be sure, Romero did what he loved until the day he died.