ZOM­BIE MOVIE MASTER GEORGE A. ROMERO DIES

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Zom­bie movie mae­stro George A. Romero has died at age 77. The ‘ Night of the Liv­ing Dead’ writer/ di­rec­tor died Sun­day in Toronto, his agent David Gersh con­firmed to USA TO­DAY. Romero, who died from lung can­cer, wrote on Face­book in May that he was fight­ing a res­pi­ra­tory in­fec­tion and couldn’t fly. Af­ter de­vel­op­ing a cult fol­low­ing with his small- bud­get 1968 clas­sic ‘ Night of the Liv­ing Dead,’ Romero put out plenty of zom­bie films, in­clud­ing ‘ Dawn of the Dead’ ( 1978) and ‘ Day of the Dead’ ( 1985) and the more re­cent ‘ Land of the Dead’ ( 2005). When his first movie about un­dead flesh- eaters came out, “no­body wrote about it in any kind of con­text at all,” Romero told USA TO­DAY in 2010. Now, “peo­ple write their the­sis about it. I don’t think it de­serves half of the trea­tises about it.”

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