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Scream star Courteney Cox among names paying tribute to horror film director Wes Craven

Published 31/08/2015 | 08:57

HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actress Courteney Cox, director Wes Craven, and actress Neve Campbell arrive at the premiere of The Weinstein Company's
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actress Courteney Cox, director Wes Craven, and actress Neve Campbell arrive at the premiere of The Weinstein Company's "Scream 4" Presented by AXE Shower held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on April 11, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Scream 2 star Sarah Michelle Gellar has led tributes to Nightmare on Elm Street director Wes Craven, who has died aged 76.

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She joined a host of stars praising Craven, one of the most famous names in the horror film genre.

Wes Craven & Sarah Michelle Gellar during Scream 2 - Hollywood Premiere in Hollywood, California, United States. 1997 (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Wes Craven & Sarah Michelle Gellar during Scream 2 - Hollywood Premiere in Hollywood, California, United States. 1997 (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)

Craven's family said in a statement that he died at his Los Angeles home after battling brain cancer.

"I had the great privilege of working with Wes Craven, one of the kindest most gentle souls, who made great scary films. RIP Wes Craven," said Gellar.

His Nightmare on Elm Street movies, featuring one of horror's most iconic characters Freddy Krueger, propelled him to fame.

The first, released in 1984, starred a then unknown Johnny Depp.

In 1996 he released Scream, starring Friends actress Courteney Cox, Drew Barrymore, Neve Campbell and David Arquette.

The movie went on to have several sequels and is cited as having reinvented the 'teen horror genre'.

Cox paid tribute on social media, writing: "Today the world lost a great man, my friend and mentor, Wes Craven. My heart goes out to his family."

Bridesmaids director Paul Feig wrote: "RIP Wes Craven. You were one of a kind. Thanks for all the years of scares and fun."

Actor Jamie Kennedy said he would have had "no career if it were not for Wes Craven".

"Thank you for believing in me and giving me a chance," he wrote.

What's Love Got To Do With It star Angela Bassett wrote: "He was a kind and generous soul as well as possessing a wicked sense of humour. I feel blessed to have worked with him. He always invited me to the table, and for that I am grateful."

Craven also directed the 1999 drama, Music of the Heart, which earned Meryl Streep an Oscar nomination.

Craven was married to producer Iya Labunka, and is survived by her, a son, a daughter and a stepdaughter.

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