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Public memorial for zombie master George Romero set for Monday in Toronto

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 21, 2008 file photo, director and writer George Romero poses for a photograph while talking about his film "Diary of the Dead' at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. George Romero, whose classic "Night of the Living Dead" and other horror films turned zombie movies into social commentaries and who saw his flesh-devouring undead spawn countless imitators, remakes and homages, has died. He was 77. Romero died Sunday, July 16, 2017 following a battle with lung cancer. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)

Fans of influential horror director George Romero are being invited to gather at a public memorial on Monday.

A celebration of the “Night of the Living Dead” director’s life will take place in Toronto, according to details provided by his manager.

Romero died Sunday following a battle with lung cancer, according to a statement from his family.

The director is credited with reshaping the zombie film genre with his classic “Night of the Living Dead” and its various sequels. He also directed a number of other horror films including “Monkey Shines” and “The Dark Half.”

Romero moved to Toronto in 2004 where he shot many of his later films.

Monday’s public memorial will be held at the Mount Pleasant Funeral Centre from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Guests unable to attend the memorial can sign an online guest book.


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