Horror movie icon Wes Craven has lost his battle with brain cancer, aged 76.

The filmmaker, who directed cult films such as Scream and Nightmare on Elm Street passed away on Sunday.

His family announced the sad news in a statement which reads:

“It is with deep sadness we inform you that Wes Craven passed away at 1PM on Sunday, August 30 after battling brain cancer.

“He was 76 years old.

“Craven was surrounded by love, in the presence of his family at his Los Angeles home.”

AAP

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