Stuart Gordon, Director of Horror Classic 'Re-Animator,' Dies at 72

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Stuart Gordon

"My sisters, our mother and I are so heartbroken, but the outpouring of support from people all over the world has helped understand the scope of his impact," his daughter tells THR.

Stuart Gordon, the horror director best known for the '80s classics Re-Animator and From Beyond, has died. He was 72.

Gordon died Tuesday evening of multiple organ failure, his daughter, Margaret Gordon, told The Hollywood Reporter.

"Stuart was a beloved filmmaker, mentor and friend to all, but my sisters and I know him best as Dad," Margaret Gordon told THR. "My sisters, our mother and I are so heartbroken, but the outpouring of support from people all over the world has helped understand the scope of his impact. We are so grateful to everyone who loved him and that that we can all be comforted (or terrified) by his films forever." 

Gordon was a screenwriter, playwright and theater director noted for his avant-garde works. 

"He was a lovely man, a dear friend, a client for nearly a decade, and will be greatly missed," his rep, Dominic Mancini, told THR. "He was an icon in the horror genre, a loved mentor and bright light that inspired and encouraged aspiring genre filmmakers to excel at their craft. He left his fingerprints on the film industry for generations to come to enjoy." 

Gordon co-created Disney's Honey, I Shrunk the Kids franchise starring Rick Moranis; executive produced the second film, 1992's Honey, I Blew Up the Kid; and helmed an episode of the syndicated Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show.

Gordon also co-wrote Body Snatchers (an adaptation of the classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers) in 1993 and The Dentist, which starred Corbin Bernsen, in 1998. 

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon; daughters Suzanna, Jillian and Margaret; four grandchildren; and his brother, David George Gordon.

12:50 p.m.: Updated with a statement from Margaret Gordon.