Peter Benchley, best known for his novel Jaws, which was later turned into one of the greatest films ever made, has passed away at the age of 65. According to his wife, the cause of death was idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a fatal sickness that attacks the lungs. One year after his novel debuted in 1974, a young Steven Spielberg directed, what some would call, his best film to date.
Though Benchley later went on to become an advocate for the conservation of sharks, it's hard for anyone not to reference Jaws when speaking about the animal. The film's music alone has been mimicked and spoofed several times over the years. While Benchley was very fond of the film, he always made sure to preach to people that the book was fiction and he took no responsibility for the fear it caused in people. The way I see it, if a writer causes that much emotion out of readers, then he did one hell of a job. Benchley is survived by his wife, three children and five grandchildren.