The tragic death of night of the living dead star Marilyn Eastman
News of Marilyn Eastman’s passing came from a Facebook post by her son John Eastman, which revealed that she died in her sleep on Sunday in Tampa, Florida. “In addition to her iconic role as Helen Cooper in the 1968 horror classic ‘Night of the Living Dead’, Marilyn was a stage, television and radio artist as well as a screenwriter and producer,” said writes his son. “Most importantly, she was a hard working single mom who raised my brother and me on my own.”
John Eastman has also taken the time to comment on the fans his mother has interacted with over the decades following her work on “Night of the Living Dead”. “I can’t stress enough that she appreciated the affection and care shown to her by countless ‘NOLD’ fans, and until several weeks ago she was planning personal appearances,” he wrote. While copyright issues have raised little of the $ 6,000 Eastman and Hardman helped raise to create the zombie classic, there can be no question of their legacy – without Marilyn Eastman there is no question. is no “Night of the Living Dead”, and, moreover, no modern zombie genre.
The George A. Romero Foundation tweeted, “It is with great sadness that we can confirm the passing of Marilyn Eastman on 08/22/21. Please join us in wishing peace to her family in this painful time. Good luck, Marilyn. Give our love to Karl. ” Karl Hardman, of course, was not only the man Marilyn Eastman worked with, but also her partner in life.
Marilyn Eastman is survived by her son John, five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.