'Exorcist' author William Peter Blatty dies

'Exorcist' author William Peter Blatty dies
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The novelist and filmmaker who wrote “The Exorcist”, William Peter Blatty, has died at the age of 89 in Maryland.

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The novelist and filmmaker who wrote “The Exorcist”, William Peter Blatty, has died at the age of 89 in Maryland.

His widow said he’d been suffering from a form of blood cancer.

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.

Blatty wrote the screenplay for the story of a girl possessed by a satanic force.

William Peter Blatty narrates THE EXORCIST, unabridged audiobook https://t.co/CgYKAXYYU1

Photo: Jason Miller, Blatty & Ellen Burstyn. pic.twitter.com/Sl2WG0nPCl

— Eyes On Cinema (@RealEOC) January 14, 2017

William Peter Blatty, author and screenwriter of “The Exorcist,” has died https://t.co/F3×5Tq9n90pic.twitter.com/dldYoLLtb1

— Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) January 13, 2017

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