The New York Times is reporting that author Ira Levin has died of apparently natural causes at the age of 78:
Ira Levin, a mild-mannered playwright and novelist who liked nothing better than to give people the creeps — and who did so repeatedly, with best-selling novels like “Rosemary’s Baby,” “The Stepford Wives” and “The Boys From Brazil” — died on Monday at his home in Manhattan. He was 78.
No specific cause of death had been determined, but Mr. Levin appeared to have died of natural causes, his son Nicholas said yesterday.
Rosemary’s Baby and The Stepford Wives are two of my favorite horror novels. Deathtrap was good too. He will be missed.