A longtime member of the late, great George A. Romero's filmmaking team has passed beyond the realm of human understanding.
The Hollywood Reporter confirms that film editor and occasional actor Pasquale Buba passed away last Wednesday (Sept. 12) from cancer in his Los Angeles home at the age of 72. A native of Pennsylvania, Buba had small acting roles in two early Romero classics, Dawn of the Dead and Martin (both 1978) before helping Romero with the editing of his 1981 film Knightriders -- the first time anyone other than Romero had edited one of the director's movies.
From that point on, Buba worked with Romero on a series of films, including 1982's Creepshow (he edited the "Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill" segment, which starred Stephen King), the 1985 masterpiece Day of the Dead, 1988's Monkey Shines, Romero's half of 1990's Two Evil Eyes (the other half was helmed by Dario Argento) and the 1993 adaptation of King's The Dark Half (see him discussing the making of the film's visual effects here in a bonus feature from Scream Factory's Blu-ray of that underrated movie).
Buba edited a number of other films after that until 2013, the most famous probably being Michael Mann's 1995 crime drama Heat, on which he was one of four editors who helped shape that nearly three-hour film into the modern classic it is today.
Buba was born in Braddock, Pennsylvania on April 16, 1946 and attended Carnegie Mellon University. He started his career as an intern and engineer at local Pittsburgh public TV station WQED, where he worked on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood among other shows.
From there he co-founded a company called The Image Works which specialized in commercial and industrial films. Along the way he met Romero -- who passed away himself in July 2017 -- and began a collaboration that will endure for all time in horror movie history.
Buba is survived by his wife Zilla as well as his brother, several sisters-and-brothers-in-law and two nieces. His family has asked for donations in his memory to the American Civil Liberties Union or any animal shelter.