Anne Rice, the gothic novelist widely known for her bestselling novel Interview with the Vampire, has died at the age of 80.
Rice 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,” Christopher Rice wrote in the 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
Anne Rice was the author of the 1976 novel Interview with the Vampire, which was later adapted into a movie starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt in 1994.
It was also expected to be portrayed in a TV series on AMC and AMC+ in 2022.
Anne Rice, ‘Interview with the Vampire’ Writer, Dies at 80 https://t.co/q6OknKAcOB
— Variety (@Variety) December 12, 2021
Rice was expected to be interred during a private ceremony at a family mausoleum in New Orleans on an undisclosed date, according to the statement.
A public celebration of life was to take place next year.