Famous horror-thriller Director Wes Craven dies at 76

One of the most-popular directors of the horror-thriller genre passed-away this week. Wes Craven, the filmmaker behind such monuments horror franchise as the “Scream” movies and “A Nightmare on Elm Street” series, lost his battle with brain cancer.

According to a statement released by Craven’s family, the director passed-away on Sunday. Craven was 76 at the time of his death, which is being attributed to brain cancer. Craven rose to fandom with the “Nightmare on Elm Street” franchise, which he both wrote and directed. Later in his career Craven took-on the role of directing the “Scream” series. Craven was also an Executive Producing for the new “Scream” series that recently launched on MTV.

Wes Craven’s extensive list of films, including credits for writing, directing, producing, being the film’s cinematographer, editor and Craven even had a few acting credits to top it all off.

The following statement was released:

“It is with deep sadness we inform you that Wes Craven passed away at 1PM on Sunday, August 30 after battling brain cancer. He was 76 years old. Craven was surrounded by love, in the presence of his family at his Los Angeles home.
Craven is survived by his wife, producer and former Disney Studios VP Iya Labunka, older sister Carol Buhrow, son Jonathan Craven with wife Rachel Craven and their two sons Miles and Max; daughter Jessica Craven with husband Mike Wodkowski and their daughter Myra-Jean Wodkowski; and Wes’ stepdaughter Nina Tarnawksy. Craven was predeceased by his parents Paul Eugene Craven, a machinist who passed away when Wes was 5 years old, his mother Caroline, a bookkeeper; and his older brother Paul James Craven.

“One of the most prolific filmmakers of all time, Craven was also a nature lover and committed bird conservationist, serving as a long-time member of the Audubon California Board of Directors. He was born in Cleveland, OH on August 2nd, 1939. Craven was a longtime summer resident of Martha’s Vineyard where he moved permanently 3 years ago before returning to Los Angeles for work and health reasons.”