On Sunday (16), legendary horror director George A. Romero passed away. The 77 year old died in his sleep following a battle with lung cancer. According to Variety, his manager Chris Roe shared the following statement:
“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.”
Let’s face it, zombies and many music videos wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for this filmmaker’s vision. Since his unfortunate death, rockers have been paying a tribute on their social media accounts including Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett, Rob Zombie, and Slash.
Check out their responses below:
“A fine purveyor of horror has passed. He was & always will be the founding father of the modern Zombie movie. Love live Romero!” – Kirk Hammett
A fine purveyor of horror has passed. He was & always will be the founding father of the modern Zombie movie. Love live Romero! pic.twitter.com/IX0F9L1dyW
— Kirk Hammett (@KirkHammett) July 16, 2017
“I can’t believe George Romero has died. All the zombies owe him everything! He was the master. “ – Rob Zombie