The two-time Emmy-winning screenwriter William Blinn passed away aged 83, his daughter Anneliese Johnson confirmed.
William Blinn died on Thursday of natural cases at an assisting living community in California.
He was popularly known for TV projects Brian’s Song and Roots and the Prince film Purple Rain.
The screenwriter also won Emmy and Peabody honors for the 1971 TV movie Brian’s Song, which dramatized the friendship of Chicago Bears players Brian Piccolo and Gayle Sayers.
It appeared to be a hit when it aired and is a enduring favorite with sports fans and critics.
“He was a master of his art and a gentleman of the first order. Rest easy, my friend,” actor Jim Beaver posted on Twitter.
Moreover, Johnson described her father as a “pioneer who went against the grain and wrote and created what he felt…He wanted to create what really felt organic and authentic. He never acquiesced to the industry.”
Besides his daughter, Blinn’s survivors include his son, Chris, and his grandchildren.