Horror Icon Wes Craven Dies at 76

Horror movie mastermind <strong>Wes Craven </strong>was honored in Tuesday night's finale of <em>Scream</em>. MTV payed tribute to the late big screen legend with a fitting In Memorium title card ahead of the slash series' season one finale. The simple black and white screen read, "Thanks for the screams." MTV <strong>MORE: Wes Craven's 7 Scariest, Most Influential Horror Films </strong> Many other members of the <em>Scream </em>family are reaching out with their kind thoughts about Craven. "Our lives would not be what they are without having worked with Wes," <strong>Neve Campbell, </strong>who starred in the iconic <em>Scream </em>movies, wrote in <em>THR</em>. "The love and passion came from the top, and it shines through in the quality of his work. He was a true innovator." Craven, 76, best known for creating the hugely famous and influential <em>Scream </em>and <em>A Nightmare on Elm Street</em> franchises, died on Sunday in Los Angeles after battling brain cancer. <em> Scream: The TV Show</em> is expected to return for a second season in 2016.
Horror movie mastermind Wes Craven was honored in Tuesday night's finale of Scream. MTV payed tribute to the late big screen legend with a fitting In Memorium title card ahead of the slash series' season one finale. The simple black and white screen read, "Thanks for the screams." MTV MORE: Wes Craven's 7 Scariest, Most Influential Horror Films Many other members of the Scream family are reaching out with their kind thoughts about Craven. "Our lives would not be what they are without having worked with Wes," Neve Campbell, who starred in the iconic Scream movies, wrote in THR. "The love and passion came from the top, and it shines through in the quality of his work. He was a true innovator." Craven, 76, best known for creating the hugely famous and influential Scream and A Nightmare on Elm Street franchises, died on Sunday in Los Angeles after battling brain cancer. Scream: The TV Show is expected to return for a second season in 2016.

Horror movie maestro Wes Craven died on Sunday. He was 76.

Craven, best known for creating the hugely famous and influential Scream and A Nightmare on Elm Street franchises, passed away in Los Angeles after battling brain cancer.

Craven's family announced the news in a statement released to ET, sharing that the legendary director "was surrounded by love, in the presence of his family" when he died.

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"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," the family's statement continued. "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."

When A Nightmare on Elm Street hit theaters in 1984, the world was introduced to the murderous dream monster Freddy Krueger, one of Craven's most iconic horror creations, which revitalized teen slasher genre and went one to change the face of horror for years.

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Craven is also responsible for scary movie classics Scream, The Hills Have Eyes and The People Under the Stairs -- among many others.

The beloved filmmaker is survived by his wife, Iya Lubunka, his son Johnathan Craven, his daughter Jessica Craven, his stepdaughter Nina Tarnawsky, and his three grandchildren.

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