segunda-feira, fevereiro 13, 2006
Jaws author Peter Benchley dies
US author Peter Benchley, whose novel Jaws was made into one of Hollywood's most famous films, has died aged 65.
He died of complications from pulmonary fibrosis, a progressive scarring of the lungs he had been diagnosed with last autumn, son-in-law Chris Turner said.
"It was peaceful," Mr Turner added, saying that the writer's wife Wendy and other family members were by his side.
A Harvard graduate, raised in New York City, he was once a speechwriter for President Lyndon B Johnson.
He also worked as a journalist before becoming a novelist and publishing Jaws in 1974.
Mr Benchley, who lived in Princeton, New Jersey, and had two grown-up children, said he had been interested in sharks since his childhood days spent on the island of Nantucket off Massachusetts.