Wes Craven Dead: Hollywood Reacts

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The famed maestro of horror known for the 'Nightmare on Elm Street' and 'Scream' franchises, died Sunday after a battle with brain cancer. He was 76.

Hollywood stars took to social media to offer their condolences as well celebrating the life and works of director, writer and producer Wes Craven, the master of horror, who died Sunday aged 76 after losing his battle with brain cancer

Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films, the studio behind the Craven's Scream films, said in a statement that he was "heartbroken" at the news. 

He added: "We enjoyed a 20-year professional relationship and more importantly a warm and close friendship. He was a consummate filmmaker and his body of work will live on forever. My brother and I are eternally grateful for all his collaborations with us. Our deepest sympathy to his family."

MTV, who released a TV-adaptation of Scream, also released a statement about the director’s death: “Wes Craven was a tremendous visionary whose sensibility for scares has connected with generations of MTV fans. We are honored to have worked with him and proud to carry on his legacy with Scream. Our hearts go out to his family and friends.”

Scream stars Courtney Cox, David Arquette and Sarah Michelle Geller were among those who tweeted their sadness on Twitter.