The writer Anne Rice, whose most famous book was adapted into a film in 1994 by Neil Jordan, dies in New Orleans as a result of complications from a stroke
American writer Anne Rice , famous for her saga of Vampire Chronicles books , died on Saturday at age 80, her son, Christopher, reported on the author’s Facebook account , in which she indicated that Rice had suffered a stroke days ago brain for which she was admitted to a hospital. Rice, born on October 4, 1941 in New Orleans, rose to fame after publishing Interview with the Vampire , a book adapted for the cinema into a successful 1994 film of the same name, directed by Neil Jordan and starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt.
That was his first title in the Vampiric Chronicles series , which made up 13 novels, the last one published in 2018 ( The Blood Community ). In addition, she wrote works on witchcraft ( The Mayfair Witches ), the Messiah trilogy , based on the life of Jesus; or the Angelic Chronicles series . Rice, whose real name was Howard Allen O’Brien, has sold more than 100 million copies of his thirty novels worldwide.
Widowed since 2002, Rice had two children, Michelle, who died at the age of five from leukemia, and Christopher, born in 1978, who was the one who announced on Saturday the death of his mother: “It breaks my heart to give you this sad news. Tonight Anne passed away due to complications from a stroke. She left us almost nineteen years after the day my father, her husband, Stan, died. “
“As a mother, her support was unconditional, it taught me to embrace my dreams, to reject conformity and to challenge the dark voices of fear and doubt. As a writer, she taught me to challenge the limits of the genre and to surrender to my passions, “she added in that message on Facebook. “In his last hours, I sat by his hospital bed, impressed by his courage, awash in memories of a life that took us from the hills of San Francisco Bay to the magical streets of New Orleans and sparkling views of southern California ”.
“Let’s hope that Anne is now experiencing firsthand the answers to many of the great spiritual and cosmic questions whose quest defined her life and career,” added Christopher Rice. “Throughout much of his later years, his contributions to this [Facebook] page brought him great joy. Anne will be buried in the mausoleum of our family in Metairie Cemetery, in New Orleans, in a private ceremony “, has concluded Christopher.