William Peter Blatty, author of the Exorcist, has died age 89

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THE legendary horror writer who penned The Exorcist has passed away at the age of 89.

William Freidkin, who directed The Exorcist, said on his Twitter page: "William Peter Blatty, dear friend and brother who created The Exorcist passed away yesterday".

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Blatty wrote the novel of the same name that inspired "The Exorcist", about two priests attempting to help an actress (Ellen Burstyn) whose 12-year-old daughter (Linda Blair) is possessed. The book was an immediate hit, spending more than a year on the New York Times bestseller list, and moving more than 10 million copies throughout its print run.

Though he wrote many novels and was involved in motion pictures, Blatty will forever be known as the creative genius behind The Exorcist, a horror film still frightening audiences to this very day.

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Blatty died Thursday at a hospital near his home in Bethesda, Md., his widow, Julie Alicia Blatty, told the Associated Press, adding that the cause of death was multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer.

"RIP William Peter Blatty, who wrote the great horror novel of our time".

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Four film sequels followed, but only one, "The Exorcist III", had Blatty's direct involvement, with the author both writing and directing the 1990 flick. Films written by Blatty include the I Am Legend adaptation THE OMEGA MAN (Blatty was not credited on the film) and the Blake Edwards movies A SHOT IN THE DARK, GUNN, DARLING LILI, and WHAT DID YOU DO IN THE WAR, DADDY? "So long, Old Bill", he shared.

May he rest in peace.

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