Anne Rice, the gothic novelist widely known for her bestselling novel Interview With The Vampire, has died at the age of 80.
She died late on Saturday due to complications from a stroke, her son, Christopher Rice, announced on her Facebook page and his Twitter page.
“In her final hours, I sat beside her hospital bed in awe of her accomplishments and her courage,” he wrote in a statement.
Earlier tonight, my mother, Anne Rice, passed away due to complications resulting from a stroke. She left us almost nineteen years to the day my father, her husband Stan, died. Below is a statement I posted to her Facebook page moments ago. pic.twitter.com/g2VAK2XZjc— Christopher Rice (@chrisricewriter) December 12, 2021
Rice’s 1976 book Interview With The Vampire was later adapted into a film starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, released in 1994. It is also expected to be portrayed in a TV series on AMC and AMC+ in 2022.
Rice is expected to be buried in a private ceremony at a family mausoleum in New Orleans on an undisclosed date, her son’s statement said.
A public celebration of her life will take place next year.