Craven, whose
Craven, whose "Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Scream" movies made him one of the most recognizable names in the horror film genre, has died. He was 76. Craven's family said in a statement that he died in his Los Angeles home Sunday after battling brain cancer. AP Photo - Matt Sayles, File

Lord of Horror Wes Craven has died aged 76

PROLIFIC horror filmmaker Wes Craven, who directed the slasher classic A Nightmare on Elm Street, has died aged 76, his family said in a statement.

Wes Craven filmography

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
  • Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)
  • Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
  • Paris, je t'aime (2006)
  • Scream (1996)

Craven, who was also behind the 1990s horror hit Scream, died surrounded by his loved ones at his Los Angeles home after suffering from brain cancer, the statement said.

"It is with deep sadness we inform you that Wes Craven passed away," the family said.

"Our hearts are broken."

Craven suffered from ailing health over the past three years, but continued to work on projects including several television shows, a graphic novel and a new film, The Girl in the Photographs, which is set to premiere at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival next month.

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