George A. Romero

George A. Romero, known for creating the modern zombie genre with his 1968 cult film, “Night of the Living Dead,” died on Sunday in Toronto after “a brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer,”. He was 77.

Romero went on to release “Dawn of the Dead” (1979), “Day of the Dead” (1985) and “Land of the Dead” (2005); and returned to independent filmmaking with “Diary of the Dead” (2008).

He is survived by his wife, Suzanne Desrocher Romero; his daughter, Tina; and two sons, Andrew and Cameron.