An excerpt from Variety: George A. Romero, who launched the zombie film genre with his 1968 "Night of the Living Dead," died on Sunday. He was 77.
The director died in his sleep following a battle with lung cancer, according to a statement from his manager Chris Roe.
"Legendary filmmaker George A. Romero passed away on Sunday July 16, 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," the statement said. "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."