Director William Friedkin Passes Away at 87

William Friedkin, the acclaimed director of "The French Connection" and "The Exorcist," has died at the age of 87.

Friedkin won an Oscar for best director for "The French Connection."

He passed away in Los Angeles and was confirmed by his executive assistant Marcia Franklin.

Friedkin's next major work was "The Exorcist," based on William Peter Blatty's novel about a possessed girl.

Friedkin continued to direct movies and TV shows in the 21st century, including "Cruising," and "Rules of Engagement."

Despite a prolific career, Friedkin never replicated the success of his early works.

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