Fans and admirers have taken to social media to mourn and pay tribute to George Romero, who passed away this week after a battle with lung cancer.
The famous filmmaker was known for practically defining the zombie genre of horror thanks to movies like Night of the Living Dead - so influential was his work that Capcom put a disclaimer on the first Dead Rising game, noting that it was not connected to Romero. So perhaps it's not too surprising the number of people mourning his death, nor should it be surprising that the director influenced the likes of Stephen King, Guillermo del Toro, and many within the games industry.
Here's what a few had to say about the director's passing:
Sad to hear my favorite collaborator--and good old friend--George Romero has died. George, there will never be another like you.July 16, 2017
Romero has passed away. Hard to find words right now. The loss is so enormous.July 16, 2017
George Romero was an icon who created a cinematic universe of loosely affiliated sequels forty years before that was a thingRIP to a geniusJuly 16, 2017
No one mined the zombie metaphor like Romero. (After he invented it.) No one has come close. RIP & thank you to a Great Film Artist. pic.twitter.com/5RqD8Q8GdEJuly 16, 2017
This film has changed my life when I was 15, in Spring. Rest in Peace. pic.twitter.com/xEiqfoef7DJuly 17, 2017
RIP George Romero... as a student I had the privilege of briefly working with you. The Last of Us wouldn't exist without your inspiration.July 16, 2017
:( RT @BARONXAVIER R.I.P George a romero he was very important for resident evil 1&2 :( pic.twitter.com/QewZqI0Sd1July 16, 2017
Yesterday, the world lost THE zombies legend. George Romero, you’ll be missed and our Siberian outpost will never be the same without you.July 17, 2017