Legendary Hollywood director William Friedkin died at the age of 87 on Monday.
The news was shared by the movie maker’s longtime friend and spouse Sherry Lansing – an American philanthropist, movie producer, and top studio head.
According to TMZ, Friedkin died of pneumonia at his home in Los Angeles.
The iconic movie director remained active in the entertainment industry for several decades and was best known for his work on movies like The Exorcist, Sorcerer, To Live And Die in L.A., Bug, and The French Connection.
Among other big successes he directed were also The Birthday Party (1968), Good Times (1967), The Night They Raided Minsky’s (1968), and more.
For his incredible work on The French Connection, Friedkin also earned a Best Director Academy Award after the movie’s huge success.
Since the tragic news, tributes to the iconic filmmaker have begun pouring in.
“RIP to the legend William Friedkin. One of the most impactful directors of all time and certainly set the course of my life in a different direction with The Exorcist,” director Eli Roth penned.
“He was so incredibly nice and supportive the few times I was lucky enough to meet him. Watch Sorcerer if you’ve never seen it. He was one of a kind. Legend.”
The Exorcism of Emily Rose director Scott Derrickson added: “It was an honor to have numerous lengthy chats via Twitter with William Friedkin. He also sent word through his wife to one of my producers that he watched & loved The Black Phone — a gesture I will always treasure. The Exorcist and Sorcerer are 2 of the greatest films ever made.”
The Lord of The Rings star Elijah Wood went on to call Friedkin a “true cinematic master whose influence will continue to extend forever.”
Our thoughts are with William’s wife and loved ones during this challenging time.