This is so incredibly sad. Beloved author Pat Conroy, writer of ‘The Prince of Tides’, passed away at the age of 70 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. His remarkable life will be mourned by the entire literary community.
We can’t believe it. Pat Conroy, the author who brought us so much joy with books like “The Prince of Tides” and “The Great Santini”, tragically passed away at the age of 70 on March 4, after a valiant battle against pancreatic cancer. Todd Doughty, vice president and executive director of publicity at Doubleday confirmed to The New York Times.
Pat had only just revealed that he was suffering from pancreatic cancer in February. He passed away at his home in Beaufort, South Carolina. Pat’s wife, author Cassandra King Conroy, told our sister site Variety, “the water is wide and he has now passed over,” a reference to one of Pat’s classic books.
Sadly, Pat had just announced his cancer diagnosis in February! “I have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. With the help of the wonderful people at M.D. Anderson [Cancer Center], I intend to fight it hard. I am grateful to all my beloved readers, my friends and my family for their prayers. I owe you a novel and intend to deliver it,” Pat wrote on his Facebook page.
Pat was an incredibly prolific author, who penned 11 books. “The Prince of Tides” was adapted into a 1991 movie starring Barbra Streisand and Nick Nolte, which brought the novelist into the spotlight. “The Great Santini,” which was based on some of his own painful childhood experiences with his father, was also turned into a film in 1979, starring Robert Duvall.
Pat is survived by Cassandra, two daughters, two sisters, three brothers and seven grandchildren. HollywoodLifers, our thoughts are with Pat’s family and friends during this difficult time.