Rest in Peace: Lina Romay

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Rest in Peace: Lina RomayFans of Jess Franco and exploitation cinema today are mourning the tragic loss of one of the biggest stars in her industry and sub-genre, the all too young Lina Romay.

As reported by Video Watchblog, the news emerged today from Spain, where actor Antonio Mayans formally announced Romay’s death last week, on February 15th at the age of 57 due to a lost bout with cancer.

One look at her IMDB page and you’ll see that Lina amassed quite a body of work to go along with her quite beautiful body. Dubbed Franco’s muse, Romay burst onto the genre scene with 1972’s The Erotic Rights of Frankenstein and is best known for films such as Female Vampire, The Sinister Eyes of Dr. Orloff, The Mystery of the Red Castle, Erotic Kill, and many, many more. In the Eighties Romay moved from the front of the screen to behind-the-camera as a director of a dozen different films.

We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to offer Lina’s many friends, family, and constituents our sincerest of condolences. Heaven just got a whole lot hotter. Thanks for the memories, darling. Rest easy.

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  • DavidFullam

    News that totally tore my heart out.

  • Masked Slasher

    Damn. SO sad and tragic.

    Lina Romay was such an intrinsic part of so many Jess Franco films that it’s impossible to imagine many of them without her.

    This is truly awful news. May she RIP.

  • Terminal

    Again with the cancer? What the fuck? Geez. May she rest in peace.

Steve Barton

You're such an inspiration for the ways that I will never, ever choose to be.