The author and filmmaker, most famous for his 1971 fiction about a possessed child, died of a form of blood cancer
William Peter Blatty, author of the novel The Exorcist and writer of its film adapation, has died aged 89.
Blatty was most famous for his 1971 horror tale, which told the story of a child is in possession of a demon. The image of the demonic Regan became iconic among horror fans and the novel was a huge bestseller, remaining on the New York Times bestseller list for 57 straight weeks and at the No 1 spot for 17 of them. In 1973, Blatty won an Oscar for his screenplay of his own volume and later wrote and directed a film sequel, 1990 s The Exorcist III.
Blatty died on Thursday at a hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, where he lived. The news was announced on social media by Exorcist director William Friedkin on Friday. Blattys widow, Julie Alicia Blatty, told the Associated Press the cause of demise was multiple myeloma, a kind of blood cancer.