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'Exorcist' author William Peter Blatty dies

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'Exorcist' author William Peter Blatty dies

<p>The novelist and filmmaker who wrote “The Exorcist”, William Peter Blatty, has died at the age of 89 in Maryland.</p> <p>His widow said he’d been suffering from a form of blood cancer.</p> <p>His novel “The Exorcist”, published in 1971, was followed two years later by the hugely successful horror movie – directed by William Friedkin – which is considered a classic. </p> <p>Blatty wrote the screenplay for the story of a girl possessed by a satanic force. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">William Peter Blatty narrates <span class="caps">THE</span> <span class="caps">EXORCIST</span>, unabridged audiobook <a href="https://t.co/CgYKAXYYU1">https://t.co/CgYKAXYYU1</a><br /> <br /> Photo: Jason Miller, Blatty & Ellen Burstyn. <a href="https://t.co/Sl2WG0nPCl">pic.twitter.com/Sl2WG0nPCl</a></p>— Eyes On Cinema (@RealEOC) <a href="https://twitter.com/RealEOC/status/820060867710648324">January 14, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">William Peter Blatty, author and screenwriter of “The Exorcist,” has died <a href="https://t.co/F3x5Tq9n90">https://t.co/F3×5Tq9n90</a> <a href="https://t.co/dldYoLLtb1">pic.twitter.com/dldYoLLtb1</a></p>— Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) <a href="https://twitter.com/HuffingtonPost/status/819956152410734593">January 13, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>