The legendary horror writer who penned The Exorcist has passed away at the age of 89.
William Peter Blatty’s death was confirmed on social media by the film’s director William Friedkin this afternoon.
He is survived by his wife, Julie Alicia Witbrodt.
The writer won the Oscar in 1973 for his screenplay, based on his own book that was published in 1971 which told the story of a child possessed by a demon.
Blatty remained a staunch and orthodox Catholic his whole life, and did a lot of other good writing outside the horror field. May God watch over and embrace his soul.