"The Exorcist" director William Friedkin passed away
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"The Exorcist" director William Friedkin passed away

The late filmmaker left behind a great body of work
The late filmmaker left behind a great body of work

8 Aug – Hollywood filmmaker William Friedkin, most known on this side of the globe as the director of "The Exorcist", has recently passed away.

The news was announced by wife and former producer Sherry Lansing, who revealed that Friedkin died of heart failure and pneumonia at his home in Bel Air.

Son Cedric also confirmed the report, adding, "He was role model to me and to (my brother) Jack. He was a massive inspiration."

His most notable successes were 'The French Connection' and 'The Exorcist'
His most notable successes were "The French Connection" and "The Exorcist"
The Oscar winner, who also directed movies like "The French Connection", "Sorcerer", and "To Live and Die in LA", was mourned by many, including Francis Ford Coppola, who stated that his films are alive with his genius.

"Pick any of them out of a hat and you'll be dazzled. His lovable, irascible personality was cover for a beautiful, brilliant, deep-feeling giant of a man. It's very hard to grasp that I will never enjoy his company again, but his work will at least stand in for him," he stated. Elijah Wood tweeted, "A true cinematic master whose influence will continue to extend forever. So long, William Friedkin."

Horror auteur Stephen King posted, "Very sorry to hear the passing of William Friedkin, a deeply talented filmmaker. THE EXORCIST is great, but for me the real classic was SORCERER."

He was 87.
William Friedkin on the set of 'The Exorcist'
William Friedkin on the set of "The Exorcist"



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