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    NEW YORK - Peter Benchley, whose novel "Jaws" terrorized millions of swimmers even as the author himself became an advocate for the conservation of sharks, has died at age 65, his widow said Sunday.

    Wendy Benchley, married to the author for 41 years, said he died Saturday night at their home in Princeton, N.J. The cause of death, she said, was idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a progressive and a fatal scarring of the lungs.

    Thanks to Benchley's 1974 novel, and Steven Spielberg's blockbuster movie of the same name, the simple act of ocean swimming became synonymous with fatal horror, of still water followed by ominous, pumping music, then teeth and blood and panic
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    Damn, RIP Peter.

    Thank you for JAWS!

    He had a cameo in the original Jaws playing the news reporter on the beach.
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    Peter Benchley at the Jaws Fest in 2005.
    Bobby Cohn: Who's going to be at Waynestock?
    Wayne Campbell: Um, uh...Aerosmith & Pearl Jam!
    Garth Algar: Ha ha ha ha ho!
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    Wayne: Uh, an old man fashioning a kayak out of a log?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rovus
    He had a cameo in the original Jaws playing the news reporter on the beach.
    Wow, I've seen Jaws about 100 times and I never knew that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rovus


    Peter Benchley at the Jaws Fest in 2005.
    65....and he looked like that? I don't know anything about idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, but apparently it does a number on ya.
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    RIP Peter.

    I'm still scared to go swimming in the ocean because of him!
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    How sad.

    I saw Jaws in the theater when it first came out and it was scarier than all get-out!!! I watched it recently and it's still great. I loved Robert Shaw in this one.

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