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Many in Hollywood took to social media Sunday upon learning that George A. Romero, the father of the zombie film, had died.
Romero’s low-budget body of work, which included Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, creeped out audiences for decades.
Romero died Sunday in his sleep after a battle with lung cancer, his producing partner, Peter Grunwald, told the Los Angeles Times. Romero’s family confirmed his death to the newspaper as well.
Here are just some of the tributes from those who have worked with him and others who admire his work.
The sad news keeps rolling in. There are so many things to say about this man, my friend, my mentor and my inspiration. For what he gave us all with passion and fire, his unrelenting spirit will live forever. Blessed that I was honored to present him this award late April in Pittsburgh where IT ALL FUCKING STARTED!!!! Never ending love to him and his family.
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— Zack Snyder (@ZackSnyder) July 17, 2017
My first ever movie job: I was an art department intern on DAY OF THE DEAD. I made zombie vomit for Bub.
RIP George Romero, one-of-a-kind pic.twitter.com/18Vz6w5tEt
— greg mottola (@gregmottola) July 16, 2017
Just heard the news about George Romero. Hard to quantify how much he inspired me & what he did for cinema. Condolences to his family.
— Eli Roth (@eliroth) July 16, 2017
R.I.P. George Romero. A true legend. Started a new genre on his own. Who else can claim that?
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) July 16, 2017
Sad to hear my favorite collaborator–and good old friend–George Romero has died. George, there will never be another like you.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) July 16, 2017
Rest In Peace George Romero. A great artist, innovator and creator . He changed everything.
— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) July 16, 2017
RIP, George Romero. Your legacy is chiseled in stone forever and I only wish you could have lived to see the real zombie apocalypse.
— James Roday (@JamesRoday) July 16, 2017
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RIP #GeorgeRomero. You made me want to make movies, and helped me to find meaning in monsters. Thank you. I love you.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 16, 2017
RIP George Romero. Huge loss.
— Joe Harris (@joeharris) July 16, 2017
George Romero, RIP. Eat God’s brains.
— Doug Benson (@DougBenson) July 16, 2017
RIP George Romero. You were a genius, and I look forward to your inevitable return. https://t.co/8GTVebIMBc
— Brian Lynch (@BrianLynch) July 16, 2017
DAWN OF THE DEAD is one of the greatest films in the history of cinema. We were so much richer for having Romero in our lives. pic.twitter.com/P9JKGGQ0uM
— Ted Geoghegan (@tedgeoghegan) July 16, 2017
R.I.P. George Romero – if you dug Get Out, do yourself a favor and watch Night of the Living Dead tonight.
— Jensen Karp (@JensenClan88) July 16, 2017
Oh no. George A. Romero has died. Nothing has frightened me more than when I first watched “Night of the Living Dead”. RIP. An amazing man
— Reece Shearsmith (@ReeceShearsmith) July 16, 2017
A fond farewell to charming, legendary zombie king George Romero. ‘Martin’ is one of my favourite horrors. An honour to have met him. RIP pic.twitter.com/8ZIwjxFrmx
— Mark Gatiss (@Markgatiss) July 16, 2017
RIP George Romero! Had the pleasure of working with him on Savini’s NOLD remake, enjoyed his company at many horror cons. A huge influence!!
— Bill Moseley (@choptopmoseley) July 16, 2017
— Emily DiPrimio (@EmilyDiPrimio) July 16, 2017
George Romero was an icon who created a cinematic universe of loosely affiliated sequels forty years before that was a thing
RIP to a genius
— Max Landis (@Uptomyknees) July 16, 2017
— Christopher Drake (@DrakeFilmScore) July 16, 2017
— David Bowers (@DavidMBowers) July 16, 2017
some kids had michael jordan posters, some had yellow ferrari posters, i had 1 of george romero i printed on 2 tone office paper #RIPromero
— matthew gray gubler (@GUBLERNATION) July 17, 2017
Goodbye George A Romero. We laughed through 50 years and 9 films. I will miss him. There is a light that has gone out and can’t be replaced. pic.twitter.com/N0MAC1ItVM
— Tom Savini (@THETomSavini) July 16, 2017
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