Horror legend George A. Romero has sadly passed away at the age of 77. Romero died following a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer,” according to his producing partner Peter Grunwald.

Romero was a pioneer in the world of film in the 1960s, bringing the iconic Night Of The Living Dead to screens in 1968. The film is one of the first to feature the modern ‘zombie’, drawing inspiration from Richard Matheson’s novel ‘I Am Legend’.

Over the years, Romero directed many more movies, including The Crazies, The Dark Half, Martin, Monkey Shines, Knightriders and Bruiser. There were also the many ‘Dead’ sequels, including 1978’s Dawn Of The Dead, and 1985’s Day Of The Dead.

There was also Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead in more recent years.

Romero is survived by his wife and his daughter.