Anne Rice, author of ‘Interview with the Vampire’, dies at 80
- Author Anne Rice died on Saturday at the age of 80 from “complications following a stroke”.
- Rice was the bestselling author of “The Vampire Chronicles” series.
- Rice’s husband, poet Stan Rice, predeceased her in 2002. She leaves behind a son, Christopher.
Anne Rice, the gothic novelist best known for her best-selling “Interview With the Vampire,” died on Saturday. She was 80 years old.
Her son, Christopher Rice, wrote on social media that Ms Rice died of “complications resulting from a stroke”.
“She left us nearly nineteen to the day my father, her husband Stan, passed away,” Mr Rice wrote on his mother’s Facebook page.
Born in New Orleans on October 4, 1941, Ms. Rice was best known for “The Vampire Chronicles” series of novels, the first of which was “Interview with the Vampire”, published in 1976. It was adapted into a film. with Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst and Antonio Banderas.
Over the next five decades, Ms. Rice would write more than 30 books, more than a dozen of which are part of the vampire series.
“During his final hours, I sat next to his hospital bed, marveling at his accomplishments and courage, flooded with memories of a life that took us from the misty hills of San Francisco Bay to the magical streets of New Orleans to the glittering vistas of Southern California,” Mr. Rice said in his statement.
Ms Rice was married to poet Stan Rice, who died in 2002. They had two children, Michelle, who died of leukemia aged 5, and Christopher.
She regularly interacted with her readers on her Facebook page, which has more than a million followers, and her signings were eccentric spectacles attracting dancers and fans in costume.
Christopher Rice, also an author, wrote two historical horror novels with his mother. “As a writer, she taught me to challenge genre boundaries and surrender to my obsessive passions,” Rice said in the statement.
Ms. Rice will be buried in a private ceremony at the family mausoleum in New Orleans, Mr. Rice said in the statement. “Next year,” he said, “a public celebration of his life will be held in New Orleans.”