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Report: Horror Icon George A. Romero Dead at 77

Director George A. Romero accepts the Mastermind Award onstage during Spike TV's Scream 2009 held at the Greek Theatre on October 17, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES — George A. Romero, best known for his 1968 classic “Night of the Living Dead,” has died at the age of 77.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Romero died in his sleep while battling lung cancer.

Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” is said to have revolutionized the zombie genre and low-budget horror filmmaking, inspiring the likes of “Halloween” director John Carpenter and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” director Tobe Hooper.

Romero is survived by his wife, Suzanne, and his daughter, Tina.