Legendary horror director Wes Craven dies at 76

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LOS ANGELES – Legendary director Wes Craven has passed away.

Some of his most popular movies include “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Scream.”

“It is with deep sadness we inform you that Wes Craven passed away at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 30, after battling brain cancer,” his family wrote in a statement released to Buzzfeed. “He was 76 years old. Craven was surrounded by love, in the presence of his family at home in Los Angeles.”

A prolific writer, director and editor, Craven was credited with reinventing the teen horror genre with the 1984 release of “A Nightmare on Elm Street” starring a then-unknown Johnny Depp. The movie led to several sequels, as did his 1996 movie “Scream.”

Besides his work in horror films, Craven also directed the drama “Music of the Heart,” which earned Meryl Streep an Oscar nomination.

Craven is survived by his wife, producer Iya Labunka, a son, a daughter and a stepdaughter.

 

Craven was born and raised in Cleveland before attending Wheaton College in Illinois.

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