Hollywood has lost one very special director.
Wes Craven passed away Sunday afternoon after battling brain cancer, his family confirmed to E! News. He was 76 and died at his Los Angeles home in the presence of his family.
For many moviegoers, Craven helped popularize a new style of bloody horror movies that emerged in the ‘70s and ‘80s.
The Scream movies, The Last House on the Left and The People Under the Stairs were just some of the slasher films that earned success. In fact, Craven was hard at work until the very end as he recently signed an overall television deal with Universal Cable Productions with projects for the SyFy Network.
As soon as the news broke, Hollywood couldn't help but express their condolences on social medial.
Today the world lost a great man, my friend and mentor, Wes Craven. My heart goes out to his family. x— Courteney Cox (@CourteneyCox) August 31, 2015
RIP Wes Craven. You were one of a kind. Thanks for all the years of scares and fun.— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) August 31, 2015
RIP Wes Craven...you brought me many thrills and nightmares— Gerard Way (@gerardway) August 31, 2015
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
Wes Craven taught me that your work team is also your family. Some of the dearest people in my life are people I met while working for him.— julieplec (@julieplec) August 31, 2015
@wescraven rest ...knowing your imagination delighted and terrified millions with your extraordinary story telling. Love to your memory— Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) August 31, 2015
Outside of the big and small screen, Craven's family wanted fans to know that the brilliant director was a nature lover and a committed bird conservationist. "Our hearts are broken," the family concluded in their statement.
Craven's most recent production The Girl in the Photographs starring Kal Penn will premiere as part of "Midnight Madness" at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
—Reporting by Holly Passalaqua