In addition to filmmaking, Craven was also a novelist ("The Fountain Society") and an ardent bird conservationist, serving on the Audubon California Board of Directors.
He died of brain cancer in his Los Angeles home, surrounded by family, on Aug. 30, 2015. He is survived by his wife, producer Iya Labunka, a son, a daughter, and a stepdaughter.
In 2010, he told the Los Angeles Times, "My goal is to die in my 90s on the set, say, 'That's a wrap,' after the last shot, fall over dead, and have the grips go out and raise a beer to me."
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