William Peter Blatty, author of The Exorcist, has died age 89
William Peter Blatty, the author of the 1971 novel The Exorcist and writer of the subsequent film, has passed away at age 89. The news was confirmed by William Friedkin, who directed the film version of Blatty’s terrifying novel. ‘William Peter Blatty, dear friend and brother who created The Exorcist passed away yesterday,’ Friedkin wrote on Twitter. The writer passed away yesterday, but his death was only confirmed today. The cause of his death hasn’t yet been confirmed.