The writer and Director of the cult-classic ‘Night of the Living Dead’ died on Sunday fighting his battle with Lung Cancer. He was 77.

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George A. Romero who is mainly known for his classic zombie movie genre “Night of the Living Dead” and “Father of modern horror movies” is no longer in this world. He died on Sunday in his sleep. He was on his 77.

According to the statement of his long-time Production Partner Peter Grunwald, the director died in his sleep after a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer.”

Grunwald said

Romero passed away “peacefully in his sleep” while “listening to the score of ‘The Quiet Man,’ one his all-time favorite films, with his wife Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and daughter, Tina Romero, at his side.”

Grunwald also said,

“He leaves behind a loving family, many friends and a filmmaking legacy that has endured, and will continue to endure, the test of time.”

A cult classic movie “Night of the Living Dead” which Romero co-wrote with John Russo, was made with a low budget of $114,000. This film became a smash hit and earned $30 million.

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After “Night of the Living Dead,” Romero worked on several other projects or series: Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead. “Dawn of the Dead” is also one of his greatest hit which earned more than $55 million.

He also featured non-zombie films: “nightriders” and “Creepshow,” which successfully gained more attention. His other films include “Monkey Shines,” “The Dark Half and Bruiser,” “There’s Always Vanilla,” “Season of the Witch,” and “The Crazies.”

“Empire of the Dead” is the most recent project, Romero worked on, which Marvel published.

Romero was born on 4th of February 1940, in the Bronx, New York, to a Cuban father and a Lithuanian mother. He first began his career as a commercial director. Later, he began to show interest in horror films and became a legend.

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Many of his well-wishers expressed their condolences through their tweets;