Author Anne Rice dies aged 80: Writer who penned Interview With The Vampire passes away surrounded by her family after suffering a stroke
- Famed writer died due to complications from an earlier stroke she had suffered
- Son Christopher penned sorrowful statement confirming the sad news online
- He added: ‘The immensity of our family’s grief cannot be overstated’
Author Anne Rice who wrote Interview with the Vampire died surrounded by her family last night.
The New Orleans writer, born in Louisiana and famed for her works including The Vampire Chronicles, died due to complications from an earlier stroke she suffered.
Her son Christopher penned a sorrowful statement confirming the news on her public Facebook page.
He wrote: ‘Dearest People of Page. This is Anne’s son Christopher and it breaks my heart to bring you this sad news.
The New Orleans writer, born in Louisiana and famed for her works including The Vampire Chronicles, died due to complications from an earlier stroke she suffered
‘Earlier tonight, Anne passed away due to complications resulting from a stroke. She left us almost nineteen years to the day my father, her husband Stan, died.
‘The immensity of our family’s grief cannot be overstated. As my mother, her support for me was unconditional — she taught me to embrace my dreams, reject conformity and challenge the dark voices of fear and self-doubt. As a writer, she taught me to defy genre boundaries and surrender to my obsessive passions.
‘In her final hours, I sat beside her hospital bed in awe of her accomplishments and her courage, awash in memories of a life that took us from the fog laced hills of the San Francisco Bay Area to the magical streets of New Orleans to the twinkling vistas of Southern California.
‘As she kissed Anne goodbye, her younger sister Karen said, ”What a ride you took us on, kid.” I think we can all agree. Let us take comfort in the shared hope that Anne is now experiencing firsthand the glorious answers to many great spiritual and cosmic questions, the quest for which defined her life and career.’
Her son Christopher penned a sorrowful statement confirming the news on her public Facebook page
‘Throughout much of her final years, your contributions to this page brought her much joy, along with a profound sense of friendship and community.’
Her loving son added that her funeral would be private put there will be a public event to celebrate her life in New Orleans.
‘Anne will be interred in our family’s mausoleum at Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans in a private ceremony,’ he added.
‘Next year, a celebration of her life will take place in New Orleans. This event will be open to the public and will invite the participation of her friends, readers and fans who brought her such joy and inspiration throughout her life.’
Rice published her first and most well-known novel, Interview With The Vampire, in 1976. And the success of the book saw it go on to become a Hollywood movie starring Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Kirsten Dunst in 1994.
Son Christopher added: ‘The immensity of our family’s grief cannot be overstated’
She met her husband Stan in a journalism class while they were both students at Richardon High School in Texas and the pair got married in 1961.
Ms Rice gave birth to their first child, Michele, in 1966 but was struck by tragedy when Michele was diagnosed with leukaemia and died in 1972.
She then gave birth to the couple’s son Christopher in 1978, who has since gone on to become an author after making his debut in 2000 with A Density of Souls.
Ms Rice fell into a coma in 1998 at the age of 57 because of her undiagnosed diabetes. And in 2003, following the death of her husband, she underwent gastric bypass surgery and lost 103 pounds.
But in 2004 she nearly died again because of an intestinal blockage that happened during her gastric bypass surgery.