Sunday, December 04, 2022

Author of ‘Interview with the Vampire,’ Anne Rice, died at 80

The star, whose widespread books embrace Interview With A Vampire and also The Vampire Chronicles, died encircled by her family on Saturday night.

Her son, Christopher, confirmed the unhappy news in a press release on her public Facebook page and explained that she died due to complications ensuing from a stroke.

‘Dearest People of Page. This is Anne’s son Christopher and it breaks my heart to bring you this sad news,’ he began. ‘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 greatness of our family’s grief can not be exaggerated. Like my mother, her support was unconditional — she taught me to embrace my dreams, reject conformity and challenge the dark voices of worry and self-doubt. As an author, she taught me to defy genre boundaries and surrender to my psychoneurotic passions.

‘In her final hours, I sat beside her hospital bed in awe of her accomplishments and her courage, full in recollections 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 good-by, her younger sister Karen mentioned, “What a ride you took us on, kid.” i believe we can all agree. Let us take comfort in the shared hope that Anne is currently experiencing firsthand the wonderful answers to several nice spiritual and cosmic queries, the quest for which defined her life and career.

‘Throughout much of her final years, your contributions to the current page brought her much joy, along with a profound sense of relationship and community.’

Christopher finished the post by sharing plans for his mum’s funeral.

‘Anne will be interred in our family’s mausoleum at Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans in a private ceremony,’ he added.

 ‘a private ceremony,’ he added.

Next year, a celebration of her life will occur in New Orleans. This event is going to be open to the public and can invite the participation of her friends, readers and fans who brought her such joy and inspiration throughout her life.’

Heartbroken fans quickly flooded the post with tributes to the late author.

a follower replied. ‘Please accept my deepest condolences to you and your family. Your mother was a tour de force. We mourn with you,’

As a Facebook user added: ‘Oh, this can be such unhappy news! Sending my deepest condolences to you and your family. And deep feeling for her life as an author, enriching the lives of such a lot of individuals.’

Rice printed her initial novel, Interview With A Vampire in 1976,  with her debut going to become a bestseller – with Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Kirsten Dunst starring in the cinematic adaptation. 

She followed that up with sequels Vampire Lestat and also the Queen of The Damned, with the series now spanning many books, as well as Blood and Gold, and Prince Lestat.

One of her last novels was in The Vampire Chronicles, as she released Blood Communion: A Tale of Prince Lestat in 2018.

Rice met husband Stan while studying in a journalism class at high school, with the couple tying the knot in 1961.

They welcome their first kid along, daughter Michele, in 1966.

Rice is survived by her son Christopher.

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