Living Dead director George A Romero dies at 77

Director George A Romero attends a photocall promoting the film Land of the Dead at the Martinez Poolside during the 58th International Cannes Film Festival May 14, 2005 in Cannes, FranceImage copyright
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George A Romero promoting 2005’s Land of the Dead in Cannes

The American-born filmmaker George A Romero, who created the genre-defining Living Dead movie franchise, has died at the age of 77, his family have said.

Romero died in his sleep on Sunday after a ” brief but aggressive battle” with lung cancer, his manager told Variety.

Romero co-wrote and directed the film that started the zombie series – Night of the Living Dead – in 1968.

It led to a number of sequels – and a slew of imitators.

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