The legendary Wes Craven has passed away. At the age of 76, and after a hard fought battle with brain cancer, We Craven died at home in Los Angeles. He is survived by his wife Iya Labunka, his children, a vast collection of close friends, legions of fans (with more being born everyday) and a world weeping for more of his masterpieces.
Bob Weinstein, the co-chairman of The Weinstein Company as well as Dimension Films, issued the following statement:
I am heartbroken at the news of Wes Craven’s passing. We enjoyed a 20 year professional relationship and more importantly a warm and close friendship. He was a consummate filmmaker and his body of work will live on forever. My brother and I are eternally grateful for all his collaborations with us. Our deepest sympathy to his family.
Can’t believe the news. Heartfelt sadness and deepest condolences with the passing of Wes Craven. Truly one of my biggest inspirations. #rip
— James Wan (@creepypuppet) August 31, 2015
— Eric Arcana (@EricArcana) August 31, 2015
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) August 31, 2015
Stunned 2 learn of Wes Craven’s passing. Just doesn’t seem possible. Wasn’t it yesterday we were in the swamps 2gether? O Wes, what a loss.
— Adrienne Barbeau (@abarbeau) August 31, 2015
Every time I’m writing characters for a script, I always know they will never be as good as Mommy and Daddy from THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS
— Brad Henderson (@BradFHenderson) August 31, 2015
R.I.P. to one of my all time heroes who was also truly one of the nicest people I ever had the good fortune to meet. pic.twitter.com/UNisaTRgFn
— Eli Roth (@eliroth) August 31, 2015
RIP Wes Craven, my director, my friend. A brilliant, kind, gentle and very funny man. A sad day on Elm St and everywhere. I’ll miss him.
— Robert B. Englund (@RobertBEnglund) August 31, 2015
— 31 (@RobZombie31) August 31, 2015