Filmmaker George A. Romero, known for horror films such as Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and others, has died, reports the LA Times. According to his long-time producer partner Peter Grunwald, he succumbed after a short battle with lung cancer. He was 77.

Romero was born in The Bronx in 1940, and began directing short films after his graduation from Carnegie Mellon University. In 1968, he directed his first independent film, Night of the Living Dead, which the efforts of a group of people trapped in a house during the zombie apocalypse. The film attracted controversy for its depiction of violence and political commentary, and went on to become a landmark classic in the horror genre.

Romero went on to direct other films: T…

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