George had been battling lung cancer. He died Sunday in his nap surrounded by his family as a measure to his favorite film “The Quiet Man” played, according to a L.A. Times who reported it first.
George’s 1968 cult classical “Night of a Living Dead” spawned a garland of sequels including “Dawn of a Dead,” “Day of a Dead,” “Land of a Dead,” “Diary of a Dead” and more. He’s regarded as a godfather of zombie films and desirous several complicated day fear filmmakers including Eli Roth, who commended George for casting a black male as a lead in “NOTLD” in a ’60s after news of his genocide broke.
George was 77.