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

by Madison Miller
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One of the most influential gothic novelists has sadly just passed away. Anne Rice, most known for her book “Interview with the Vampire,” passed away on Saturday due to complications after having a stroke. She was 80 years old.

The news was shared with the public by her son, Christopher Rice. He shared the news to multiple social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter.

Author Anne Rice Passes Away

On Twitter, he wrote, “Earlier tonight, my mother, Anne Rice, passed away due to complications resulting from a stroke. She left us almost nineteen years to the day my father, her husband Stan, died. Below is a statement I posted to her Facebook page moments ago.”

The full statement was shared on Anne Rice’s Facebook account but was written by Christopher. He wrote an incredibly heartfelt memorial post to his mother to share with the world.

“She left us almost nineteen years to the day my father, her husband Stan, died. 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,” he wrote.

He also shared that he believed his mother is now “experiencing firsthand the glorious answers to many great spiritual and cosmic questions, the quest for which defined her life and career.”

The family will be having a private ceremony for her at the Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans. They are also planning on doing a very public and large celebration of life for Anne Rice next year full of friends and fans.

More on the Wonderful Life of Beloved Author

Anne Rice was born in the vibrant city of New Orleans in 1941.

According to Variety, she rose to fame with her amazing genre-defying gothic writing that would eventually sell more than 150 million copies globally. The most known book is “Interview with the Vampire,” which was actually her first book as well. It was something she started to write soon after her daughter Michelle passed away in the 1970s.

She was with her husband, a poet named Stan, for 41 years. Her son Christopher followed in her footsteps and is also an author.

That book would spark a massive flame of inspiration. It would go on to be the start of 10 books in “The Vampire Chronicles.” The book was also made into a 1994 film starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas, Kirsten Dunst, and Christian Slater. “Queen of the Damned” was also made into a film in 2002.

In addition, AMC had ordered a series for “Lives of the Mayfair Witches” earlier this month. Some of her other work includes “The Wolf Gift,” “Pandora,” “The Witching Hour,” and “Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt.”

That means we certainly haven’t seen the last of Anne Rice’s work being expanded and shared with more eager audiences.