Tobe Hooper has died aged 74 years old.

The American film director - who is known for creating the 1974 horror film 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre' - tragically passed away on Saturday (26.08.17) in Sherman Oaks, California, The Independent Online has reported.

And the Los Angeles county coroner believes the creative mastermind - who has sons William and Tony - died from natural causes.

Following the news of the late filmmaker's death, stars have taken to social media to pay tribute to him.

Bill Moseley, 65, has revealed he is ''so sad'' to hear of the tragic news, but is grateful he met Tobe because he helped to kickstart his acting career.

Bill - who played Chop Top Sawyer in Tobe's 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2' - tweeted: ''So sad to say goodbye to TOBE Hooper, the man who took a chance on me and gave me my career in film's greatest genre. (sic).''

And American film director William Friedkin has also taken to the micro-blogging site to share his fond memories of his unforgettable ''good friend'' Tobe and to praise the star for making the ''most terrifying'' movie franchise ''ever''.

He wrote: ''Tobe Hooper, a kind, warm-hearted man Who made the most terrifying film ever. A good friend I will never forget (sic).''

And 43-year-old director Edgar Wright has hailed Tobe as a ''master of horror''.

He shared: ''Very sad to hear of the passing of Tobe Hooper, another master of horror. He conjured some truly shattering, unforgettable moments in film. (sic).''

Eli Roth has admitted he will miss the 'Poltergeist' creator ''deeply'', but is ''lucky'' he met the icon.

He tweeted: ''Very few people were as generous, kind and encouraging as Tobe Hooper. I will miss him deeply and feel lucky for the time I had with him. (sic).''