Anne Rice, Interview With the Vampire Author, Dies at 80

”The immensity of our family’s grief cannot be overstated,“ Rice’s son wrote on Facebook

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Anne Rice, the beloved author who penned “The Vampire Chronicles” — which included “Interview With a Vampire” — has died. She was 80 years-old.

The news was shared to Rice’s Facebook page by her son, Christopher, late Saturday night. According to Rice, his mother suffered complications after having a stroke, and died 19 years to the day after her husband, Stan.

“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,” Christopher Rice wrote.

“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. As she kissed Anne goodbye, her younger sister Karen said, ‘What a ride you took us on, kid.’ I think we can all agree.”

Rice was best known for writing “The Vampire Chronicles,” two of which were later turned into films. “Interview With a Vampire” released in 1994, with “Queen of the Damned” hitting screens eight years later, in 2002.

“Let us take comfort in the shared hope that Anne is now experiencing firsthand the glorious answers to many great spiritual and cosmic questions, the quest for which defined her life and career,” Christopher included in his post.

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