Author Anne Rice has died at the age of 80.
The star, whose popular books include Interview With A Vampire and The Vampire Chronicles, died surrounded by her family on Saturday night.
Her son, Christopher, confirmed the sad news in a statement on her public Facebook page, and explained that she died of complications from a stroke.
“Dear people of Page. He’s Anne Christopher’s son and it breaks my heart to tell you this sad news, ”he began. “Earlier this evening Anne passed away from a stroke. She has passed away almost nineteen years to the day, my father, her husband Stan, has passed away.
“The immensity of our family’s pain cannot be overstated. As a mother, her support for me was unconditional – she taught me to embrace my dreams, reject conformity, and challenge dark voices of fear and doubt. As a writer, she taught me to challenge genre boundaries and surrender to my obsessive passions.
“In his final hours, I sat next to his hospital bed, awed by his accomplishments and his courage, awash with memories of a life that took us from the misty hills of the San Francisco Bay Area. to the magical streets of New Orleans to the scintillating views of Southern California.
“As she kissed Anne goodbye, her younger sister Karen said, ‘What a ride you took us kid. I think we can all agree. Let us be comforted by the shared hope that Anne now knows firsthand the glorious answers to many great spiritual and cosmic questions, the quest for which has defined her life and career.
“For much of his later years, your contributions to this page have brought him great joy, as well as a deep sense of friendship and community.”
Christopher concluded the post by sharing his mother’s funeral plans.
“Anne will be buried in our family’s mausoleum at Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans in a private ceremony,” he added.
“Next year there will be a celebration of his life in New Orleans. This event will be open to the public and will invite the participation of his friends, readers and fans who have brought him so much joy and inspiration throughout his life. ‘
Heartbroken fans quickly flooded the post with tributes to the late author.
“Please accept my deepest condolences to you and your family. Your mother was a tour de force. We mourn with you, ”replied one follower.
‘Please accept my sincere condolences. I admired your mother’s work very much. May she rest in eternal peace, ”said another.
‘My condolences. His designs have been such a big part of my life. May she rest well, ”commented one of them.
As one Facebook user added: “Oh, this is such sad news! I send you my deepest condolences to you and your family. And a deep gratitude for his life as a writer, enriching the lives of so many people.
Rice published her first novel, Interview With A Vampire in 1976, its debut becoming a bestseller – with Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, and Kirsten Dunst in the film adaptation.
She continued with the sequels Vampire Lestat and Queen of the Damned, with the series now spanning multiple books including Blood and Gold and Prince Lestat.
One of her last novels was in Vampire Chronicles, when she released Blood Communion: A Tale of Prince Lestat in 2018.
The author has also used a pseudonym for some of her other work, writing Exit to Eden and Belinda as Anne Rampling, and Beauty’s Punishment as AN Roquelaure.
Rice met her husband Stan while studying in a high school journalism class, the couple married in 1961.
They welcomed their first child together, his daughter Michele, in 1966.
The couple faced devastation when Michele was diagnosed with leukemia soon after and died in 1972.
She gave birth to her son Christopher in 1978, who went on to become a full-fledged author, making his debut in 2000 with A Density of Souls.
Rice is survived by her son Christopher.
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