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Auteur filmmaker Wes Craven died Sunday in Los Angeles after a battle with brain cancer, according to multiple reports. He was 76.

The writing/directing icon was best known for horror franchises "The Nightmare on Elm Street," "Scream" and "The Hills Have Eyes." The news of his death was confirmed by a representative to The Daily Beast.

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"It is with deep sadness we inform you that Wes Craven passed away at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 30, after battling brain cancer," his family wrote in a statement released to Buzzfeed. "He was 76 years old. Craven was surrounded by love, in the presence of his family at home in Los Angeles."

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