Anne Rice dead aged 80 – Interview With The Vampire author passes away after complications from a stroke

Anne Rice dead aged 80 – Interview With The Vampire author passes away after complications from a stroke

December 12, 2021

GOTHIC novelist Anne Rice, who wrote Interview with the Vampire, has died at the age of 80.

Rice died due to complications from a stroke, her son Christopher Rice announced on her Facebook page and his Twitter page.


“In her final hours, I sat beside her hospital bed in awe of her accomplishments and her courage,” he wrote in the statement.

Anne Rice penned Interview with the Vampire in 1976 and it was later adapted into a movie starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt in 1994.

It was also expected to be portrayed in a TV series on AMC and AMC+ in 2022.

The work introduced the character of the vampire Lestat, who would be the central character in the 13-book Chronicles series.

The most recent in the series was published in 2018.

She was one of the world's most widely read authors and 150 million of her books have been sold world wide.

"I had an idea of Lestat as the man of action, the man who could do things that I couldn't do," Rice once said.

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Rice also wrote erotic fiction under the pseudonyms Anne Rampling and AN Roquelaure, including Exit to Eden.

She was expected to be interred during a private ceremony at a family mausoleum in New Orleans on an undisclosed date, according to the statement.

A public celebration of life was to take place next year.

Rice was a native of New Orleans and she set many of her stories there, though she lived most of her life in California.

"The immensity of our family's grief cannot be overstated,” said her son.

“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."

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