Anne Rice who authored the now-classic vampire novel Interview With The Vampire, has died at the age of 80 due to complications of a stroke. She was surrounded by her family, including her son Christopher.
According to her son Christopher, the iconic gothic writer passed on “almost 19 years to the day” that her husband Stan died.
The news was confirmed by her son on her official page on Facebook:
“Dearest People of Page. This is Anne’s son Christopher and it breaks my heart to bring you this sad news. Earlier tonight, Anne passed away due to complications resulting from a stroke.”
He added: “The immensity of our family’s grief cannot be overstated. 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, awash in memories 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.”
Anne’s published her first book Interview With A Vampire in 1976, which became a feature film in 1994 starring Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst, and Tom Cruise. The book ended up as part of The Vampire Chronicles alongside Queen of the Damned among many others. The latest in this vampire series was written in 2018- Blood Communion, The Tale of Prince Lestat. Other works of hers include The Mayfair Witches, some Christian works, and erotic novels.
Anne continued working as long as she possibly could, and was thankfully alive to see her works being adapted for big and small screen, theatre, and graphic novels.
Every fan of her work reflects today on how much her books have meant to them, and what a huge part they, and she, have played on our journeys.
Rest peacefully, Anne.