July 16 (UPI) -- Horror master George Romero has died at the age of 77.
"Legendary filmmaker George A. Romero passed away on Sunday July 16, listening to the score of The Quiet Man, one of his all-time favorite films, with his wife, Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and daughter, Tina Romero at his side," his manager Chris Roe said in a Facebook post. "He died peacefully in his sleep, following a brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer, and leaves behind a loving family, many friends, and a filmmaking legacy that has endured, and will continue to endure, the test of time. The family asks for their privacy to be respected at this time."
Among the Bronx, N.Y. native's credits were Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead.
"Romero has passed away. Hard to find words right now. The loss is so enormous," Guillermo del Toro tweeted.
"Here's to the great George Romero, the man who started it all! A true legend and a huge inspiration. Rest In Peace," Robert Rodriguez said in his post.
"RIP George Romero. Zombies, yes. But...go watch MARTIN. Teenage isolation mutated into vampirism. Online culture as plague," offered Patton Oswalt.
"Goodbye old bean. It was great to know you. Come back- any way you can," said Ted Raimi.
"Sad to hear my favorite collaborator--and good old friend--George Romero has died. George, there will never be another like you," Stephen King added.