‘Interview with the Vampire’ author Anne Rice dead at 80

The author of Interview with the Vampire and other legendary gothic novels, Anne Rice, died on Saturday at age 80 after complications from a stroke, The Washington Times reports. 

Rice’s son, Christopher Rice, announced her death on her Facebook page and on his Twitter page.

“It breaks my heart to bring you this sad news,” he wrote.

“Immensity” of grief

“The immensity of my family’s grief cannot be overstated,” he continued. “As my mother, her support for me was unconditional — she taught me to embrace my dreams, reject conformity and challenge the dark voices of fear and self-doubt.”

“As a writer, she taught me to defy genre boundaries and surrender to my obsessive passions. In her final hours, I sat beside her hospital bed in awe of her accomplishments and her courage,” he said. He also said Rice died almost exactly 19 years after her husband, Stan.

Anne Rice published the widely popular novel, Interview with the Vampire, in 1976, then adapted it into a script for a movie in 1994, which was also a box office hit starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt.

An AMC series is also in development and will reportedly be released next year.

Rice’s career

In all, Rice wrote more than 30 books, selling over 150 million copies. Of those books, 13 were part of the Vampire Chronicles, which captivated the imagination of millions with their fantastic tales of a fantasy world inhabited by vampires that hid from the public, and sometimes fought their desire to feed on human blood.

Many of the novels were set in New Orleans, Louisiana, where much of Rice’s childhood took place.

Rice grew up Irish Catholic, but later said she didn’t agree with the church’s views on gays, feminism, and birth control.

There will be a public celebration of Rice’s life next year, with private interment in New Orleans for the family within the next few days.

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