William Peter Blatty, 'The Exorcist' Author, Dead at 89

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William Peter Blatty, the author best known for writing The Exorcist, has sadly passed away at the age of 89. "RIP William Peter Blatty, who wrote the great horror novel of our time", he wrote, adding, "So long, Old Bill". Along with writing 1971's The Exorcist, Blatty also penned works such as The Ninth Configuration (1978), Legion (1983), insane (2010), and The Exorcist for the 21st Century (2016).

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. Religious figures condemned "The Exorcist", but that didn't stop it from racking up more than $400 million at the worldwide box office (a then-whopping sum for an R-rated feature), as well as 10 Academy Award nominations.

As well as the original source novel, Blatty also penned the screenplay for The Exorcist, as well as the second sequel The Exorcist III.

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Blatty was born January 7, 1928 in New York City. He worked various jobs, including as a vacuum cleaner salesman, truck driver, and airline ticket agent before joining the US Air Force, where he helped run the psychological warfare division. That book's success led to a series of comic novels, amd screenplays screenplays for a handful of Hollywood comedies, like A Shot In The Dark (1964), Promise Her Anything (1966), and The Great Train Robbery (1969). You might only know Blatty from The Exorcist, but his array of talents could practically make your head spin.

May he rest in peace.

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