Known for his horror films, Hollywood director Wes Craven passed away on August 30. The iconic Nightmare on Elm Street maker lost his battle with brain cancer at the age of 76. He passed in L.A. surrounded by loved ones.
His family released a statement via TheWrap, reading, “It is with deep sadness we inform you that Wes Craven passed away at 1 p.m.” It also said, “Craven was surrounded by love, in the presence of his family at his Los Angeles home.” Later that night, a photograph was also posted to his Twitter account.
Courteney Cox, who starred in the late director’s Scream (and its three sequels) as reporter Gale Weathers, took to Twitter to express her grief, writing, “Today the world lost a great man, my friend and mentor, Wes Craven. My heart goes out to his family.”
Craven was married to Iya Labunka since 2004. She is the former Vice President of Disney Studios and a producer, who often worked on several of her late husband’s films. He also has an elder sister, Carol Buhrow, and two biological children, Jonathan and Jessica Craven, along with step-daughter Nina Tarnawksy. Craven was even a grandfather to two grandsons and a granddaughter.
Craven was born on August 2, 1939, in Cleveland, Ohio. His parents, Paul Eugene and Caroline, and brother, Paul James, passed away before him.
Besides being a renowned filmmaker and scriptwriter, Craven was a nature lover and a very committed bird conservationist. He was part of the Audubon California Board of Directors for a long time. Craven resided at Martha’s Vineyard for several summers before he moved there permanently about three years ago. But he soon returned to L.A. due to work and health issues.
Some of the director’s blockbuster movies include The Last House on the Left (his debut film), The Hills Have Eyes , Red Eye, and of course, A Nightmare on Elm Street, which introduced his most famous creation—Freddy Kruger—to the world. The last movie he made was 2011’s Scream 4.
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“Wes Craven Dead – Horror Movie Director Dies at 76 After Battling Brain Cancer,” Just Jared web site, August 30, 2015; http://goo.gl/EkAm3H.